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Poles Apart?

A model for Polish community integration in Scotland

Satrosphere Science Centre, 179 Constitution St, Aberdeen, AB24 5TU

 17 November 2014, 7pm

Poles Apart

Scotland is an attractive destination for migrants from Eastern Europe. Figures showing a higher than UK average increase of East European migrants to Scotland bear this out, yet charities and councils have few resources to address this phenomenon. This public roundtable and discussion forum will draw on theoretical models and practical experience of Scotland as a prime destination for Polish migrants. Even before the recent wave of Polish migrants triggered by Poland's EU entry in 2004, Scotland had seen several waves of Polish migration since the Second World War. What have the benefits to Scottish society from these migrants been, and how well have Poles settled and integrated into Scottish society? What are the benefits of the acquisition of this new East Central European business community? How does the experience of integration reflect in community relations, and what impact does it have on economic and market forces, with Polish businesses and skilled labour joining the Scottish economy? The roundtable was invited to think how such experiences can relate to a wider European migration context.

Chair
Professor Karin Friedrich, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Speakers
Professor Andrew Blaikie (Historical Sociology, University of Aberdeen)
Professor Anne White (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)
Professor Máiréad Nic Craith (Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University)
Jean Urquhart (MSP Highlands and Island, Chair of the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Poland)
Martin Stepek (Scottish Family Business Organisation)
Dr Marta Trzebiatowska (Sociology, University of Aberdeen)
Magda Czarnecka (Secretary of FENIKS. Counselling, Personal Development and Support Services Ltd.)

Photographic Exhibition
Neighbours - Photographs of Polish migrants in Scotland by Aberdeen-based artists Blazej Marczak

Music
The Polish-Scottish Choir, Elphinston Institute, Aberdeen

 

Prof. Rebecca Kay's (Glasgow) blog about the Poles Apart event in Aberdeen is live.

 

2.suiilogo

This event is part of the
Linking Northern Communities
programme

supported by the SUII

 

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