From Ethnic Cooperation to In-Group Competition: Undocumented Polish Workers in Brussels

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Abstract:

This article analyses the appearance and expansion of Polish irregular workers on the Belgian labour market. It discusses the development of the Polish migrant ‘community'. The problem is considered by examining the quantitative and qualitative transformations of migratory networks as well as changes in strategies of accumulation of various types of migratory capital. It is argued that the major change can be described as a shift from ethnic cooperation within the group to an in-group rivalry within the quasi-community.

Keywords: Migrant Networks; Migratory Capital; Polish Migrants in Belgium; Undocumented Workers

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691830500109787

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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