Translocal Lives: Social Reproduction Amongst Polish Migrant Entrepreneurs in the UK
In response, the paper explores social reproduction through translocal exchanges within Polish migrant businesses in the UK. The research is based upon in-depth interviews with Polish migrant entrepreneurs in the West Midlands region of the UK, who migrated around the time of EU enlargement in 2004. In particular, the paper explores the financial relationships involved in such businesses which operate across borders, whilst maintaining local-local ties. This exchange of capital and financial advice is often provided by family (usually parents) who remain in Poland and as such demonstrates translocal social reproduction. The entrepreneurs’ social relationships within the social network in which they are embedded, particularly those with family members, are critical in shaping entrepreneurial aspirations and behavior and are also explored in the paper. Entrepreneurial decisions are often based on a family-first rather than a business-first perspective and again have a translocal element.
The paper contributes to debates about migrant entrepreneurship and social reproduction through the concept of translocality and questions whether such factors are specific to migrant entrepreneurs or applicable to migrants more broadly.