Structuring migration: The case of Polish income-seeking travelers to the West

Morawska, Ewa
February 2001
Theory & Society;Feb2001, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p47
Academic Journal
International migration has enormously increased in volume and diversity, playing a constitutive role in the globalization processes that are transforming economies, nation-states, and local cultures worldwide. A coherent explanatory framework is needed for the sociology of international migration, which would relate to mainstream theoretical agenda of the discipline. Thus, the initiation of international migratory flows is best accounted for by a combination of propositions from the world system, segmented labor market, neoclassical economics, and the new economics of migration theories, and, thus far unintegrated into the sociological theories of immigrations, the nature and effectiveness of emigration and immigration policies of sender and receiver states. A combination of specific propositions derived from the segmented labor market model and social capital and cumulative causation theories explains the perpetuation mechanisms of international migratory flows. The information about these worker, and trader-tourists and their environments in home and host countries has been gathered from national and sub-regional reports on the directions, intensity, and sociodemographic composition of Westbound migrations from post-communist Poland.


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