Central and Eastern European Accession: Changing Perspectives on Migrant Workers

Fitzgerald, Ian and Smoczyński, Rafal (2017) Central and Eastern European Accession: Changing Perspectives on Migrant Workers. Social Policy and Society, 16 (4). pp. 659-668. ISSN 1474-7464

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This article provides a reflection on the period since the May 2004 Central and Eastern European (CEE) accession and subsequent migration to the UK, and on shifting perspectives of and towards CEE migrants in this period. The authors have been researching this phenomenon in the North of England since 2005 through a series of studies as well as ongoing engagement with regional respondents. CEE migration is analysed through the perspectives of government, employers and trade union interests. A central argument is that attitudes to CEE migrants changed following the 2008 financial crisis as funding for local authorities was reduced, obscuring evidence-based arguments for their value to the UK labour market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communities, government, migrant workers, trade unions
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 10:02
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 03:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31242

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