Ślęzak Ewa

Abstract

The paper aims at analysing the effects induced by the migration
of Polish people since 2004 on their families back in Poland. The emphasis
is laid on intergenerational relations in the context of transnational families
of the migrants. It asks how transnational families organise their lives and
resources without spouses and fathers (mothers) in the country of origin, how
they cope with their ageing parents and in-laws and whether they manage to
maintain intimacy.
The analysed group consists of health professionals who left for the United
Kingdom in the period soon after the accession of Poland to the European
Union.
The paper first presents major theories of intergenerational relations, both in
general and in reference to migrant families. Secondly, some information on
the migration of Polish health professionals is given, as well as characteristics
of the sample. Thirdly, the identified effects of migration within the migrants’
intergenerational relations is scrutinised.

Keywords

migration; intergenerational relations; solidarity; conflict; ambivalence; reciprocity; support

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Vydání: 18, 2016, 2