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The Trap of Transnationalism-Polish Organizations in Germany
The Trap of Transnationalism-Polish Organizations in Germany

Author(s): Michał Nowosielski
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne
Keywords: migration; immigrant organizations; transnationalism; poles in Germany

Summary/Abstract: Often in themigration literature transnational relations ofmigrants and their institutions with the sending country are described as important factor strengthening or improving the situation of the migrants in the receiving country. The aim of the paper is to empirically prove that in some of the cases the set of multiple conditions affecting immigrant organizations may have the opposite effect. The example of Polish organizations in Germany shows that transnationalization may have as a consequence the limiting, and the degradation of immigrant organizations standing. The four analyzed factors determining the situation of Polish immigrant associational in Germany: the characteristics of immigrant group, the policy of the receiving country towards immigration and IOs, the diaspora policy of the sending country, as well as the bilateral relations between the sending and receiving country together constitute a combination that has a strong negative effect on the functioning of Polish organizations. This all produces an impression of falling into the "trap of transnationalism."

  • Issue Year: 175/2011
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 315-331
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English