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Differentiated belonging, embedding and anchoring. The comparative studies of young adult Central European migrants in light of Brexit and pandemic

"Differentiated Belonging" presents theoretical and empirical insights into the processes of belonging, embedding and anchoring of migrants and return migrants in temporal, comparative and international perspectives. Drawing on new mixed methods, empirical data with Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the UK, and returnees back to the origin countries, these papers use Brexit as a lens to develop theoretical innovations. Through the application of the theoretical lens of anchoring and embedding, we aim to gain new understandings of complex, multi-level and dynamic processes across various domains, sectors and segments of life. In so doing, the papers in this cluster go beyond simplistic, static and one-dimensional notions of migration integration in destination societies or, indeed, reintegration in the origin society.

Each addition to this collection draws upon a range of methods including surveys, interviews, ethnography, longitudinal techniques and social network visualization, also with a use of mixed-method approach. 

Some arose out of CEEYouth: a research project in which data was comparatively obtained for Poles and Lithuanians through interviewing as well as online surveys, with returnees and secondary analysis of public statistics. Comparing Polish migrants, who have been very extensively researched, with less researched Lithuanian migrants, in the context of Brexit provides a valuable opportunity to explore similarities and differences in the migration/return patterns and experiences from these two Central European countries. The fact that the research team was in contact with interviewees longitudinally, throughout the course of three years – through the entire process of Brexit and pandemic – in both synchronous (interviews) and asynchronous (email and messenger) ways make this content invaluable. 

Edited by Izabela Grabowski & Louise Ryan

Your heart is where your roots are? Place attachment and belonging among Polish and Lithuanian returnees
By Agnieszka Trąbka, Luka Klimavičiūtė, Olga Czeranowska, Dovile Jonavičienė, Izabela Grabowska & Iga Wermińska-Wiśnicka 
Published on: 19 July 2022