Racialisation of Polish migrants in the UK and in Spain (Catalonia)

Rzepnikowska phillips, Alina (2023) Racialisation of Polish migrants in the UK and in Spain (Catalonia). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS). ISSN 1369-183X

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The European Union expansion in 2004 resulted in a large-scale migration from less ethnically diverse Poland to multicultural societies. Many Polish migrants have become conscious of being white due to contact with people of colour, and at times, not-quite-white through encounters with the local white population. The presumed whiteness has not protected them from racialisation in the UK, especially in the context of Brexit . In contrast, some literature focusing on in the Spanish context stresses the they have
often been privileged treatment of Poles due to their by whiteness and Europeanness, although they have also been categorised as Eastern European Others. This paper illustrates how Polish migrants are racialised in relation to their ambiguous position linked to the construction of ‘Eastern Europeans’. It does so by drawing on narrative interviews with Polish women in Manchester and Barcelona based on the fieldwork conducted in
2012–2013 and interviews in Manchester in 2017–2018. The central argument is that racialisation of Polish migrants is influenced by the history and present of East–West relations. The peripheral condition shared by Spain and Poland helps to explain the differences in racialisation of Polish migrants in Britain and Spain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: racialisation, xeno-racism, Eastern European
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Alina Rzepnikowska phillips
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2023 12:51
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 14:06
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2879

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