Envisaging Post-Brexit Immobility: Polish Migrants’ Care Intentions Concerning Their Elderly Parents
The paper analyzes the case of Polish migrants in the UK, the biggest migrant diaspora in the Great Britain, often brought up in the discussions by the ‘Leave’ voters in the Brexit referendum. Its aim is to explain how Brexit affects Polish migrants’ care intentions concerning their parents ageing in Poland and their perception of the changes that Brexit will bring about. Polish care model is a family-by-default type and permanent outbound emigration can lead to care deficit in that country. Research on care intentions is especially important not only for the attempts to predict future care arrangements, but also to understand the meaning of care for the people engaged in the production of the care effect (Kordasiewicz, Radziwinowiczówna, & Kloc-Nowak, 2017). The analyzed data present a unique opportunity for a reevaluation of care intentions, as long as migrants have been interviewed before the Brexit referendum (in February and March 2016), and will be revisited three years later, in March 2018, a year before the looming Brexit.