"Emigration from Central and Eastern Europe: Origin country perspectives" a special seminar

Past Event

09 May 2013, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Queen Elizabeth House
Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

This special seminar is hosted by the International Migration Institute, an Oxford Martin School Institute

Summary: Migrants from Central and Eastern Europe have become an inseparable part of the British ethnic mosaic. Polish is the second most commonly spoken language in England and Wales, and everyone knows at least one anecdote about the iconic ‘plumber’ or a Czech girl who serves lattes during the day and attends English college in the evenings. Eastern European migration attracts a lot of scholarly attention in the UK, however little has been said about the origin country perspective in this debate. What has driven these people to leave in the first place? What are the consequences of their decisions? Not only the costs – depopulation of rural areas in certain localities in Eastern Europe – but also the benefits – low unemployment, skill transfers and modernization projects – of this out-migration are occurring on an unprecedented scale. These issues are hugely debated in the local emigration contexts among researchers and policy makers, but rarely make it through to English speaking academia.


  • Lucia Kurekova, Central European University, Budapest
    Welfare systems as emigration facot: Evidence from the new accesion states
  • Marcin Galent, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
    Migration and modernisation in Poland: An economic, social and cultural perspective
  • Dace Dzenovska, COMPAS, University of Oxford
    The ethics and politics of outmigration

If you would like to attend, please register with Ann Cowie: ann.cowie@qeh.ox.ac.uk