Should I Stay or Should I Go? Polish Migrants Settlement Practices in the UK, a Decade after Accession
The central concern of this study is to explore the key drivers and events that have an impact on Polish migrants’ decision to stay, their actual settlement practices and migration plans. Drawing from the analysis of 24 semi-structured interviews with Polish migrants in Glasgow and Edinburgh, this study indicates that recently arrived Polish migrants go through different stages of the settling process which does not necessarily result in their final decision about staying or returning. The findings of this study indicates that migrants’ age at the time of arrival in Scotland, life-cycle stages and feelings of economic and social security are as significant for understanding their settlement practices. It also indicates that despite Polish migrants reflections and future plans were predominately tied up with their country of residence, they remained ambivalent about their settlement intensions and highlighted that dichotomous distinction between intention to stay or return did not explained fully their experiences following migration.