New mobilities in Europe

Polish migration to Ireland post-2004

By Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, James Wickham, Alicja Bobek and Justyna Salamonska

New mobilities in Europe


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8809-4
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Politics & government


This book examines Polish migration to Ireland in the context of 'new mobilities in Europe'. It includes detailed accounts of the working lives of a group of mainly skilled Polish migrants in Dublin. They were interviewed at regular intervals as part of a Qualitative Panel Study. Through this novel methodology, their careers and aspirations were traced as Ireland moved from 'boom to bust'. What the research documents is a new experience of mobility which, it is suggested, is indicative of a broader trend in Europe. As 'free movers', Polish migrants were more mobile across countries and within national labour markets. Ireland's 'goldrush' labour market created a seemingly endless demand for new labour. To understand how Irish firms utilised the new migrant workforce, the book also draws on interviews with employers. It thus locates the actions of both sides of the employment relationship in the particular socio-economic context in Ireland post-2004.


Torben Krings is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic and Organisational Sociology, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Elaine Moriarty is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

James Wickham is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Employment Research Centre and Dean of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Alicja Bobek is Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

Justyna Salamonska is a post-doctoral researcher in the Employment Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin


1. New mobilities in Europe today
2. Researching migration: A Qualitative panel study and workplace studies
3. From 'boom to bust': Polish migrants in the Irish labour market
4. Routes into employment: migrant aspirations and employer strategies
5. Employment conditions and the culture of work
6. 'Boundaryless careers': mobility across organisations and nations
7. Worklife connections: 'technologies of mobility' and transnational lives
8. Looking back: worklife pathways in a boom-to-bust economy

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