Return labour migration: an exploratory study of Polish migrant workers from the UK hospitality industry.

Filimonau, V. and Mika, M., 2017. Return labour migration: an exploratory study of Polish migrant workers from the UK hospitality industry. Current Issues in Tourism, 1 - 22. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2017.1280778

Abstract

Incoming labour migration represents an important research field, especially in the context of East-Central Europe, a key source region of labour migrants to the tourism and hospitality sectors of many Western economies, including the UK. Surprisingly, return labour migration from the UK to this region has not been systematically examined and yet there is increasing evidence of its significance, especially in light of Brexit. The labour migrant motivations to return and their re-integration experiences back home remain poorly understood. This study adopts a qualitative method of data collection and analysis to explore return migration of the Polish workforce from the UK hospitality sector. Homesickness and educational pursuits are identified as the key drivers. The UK employment experience enhances career prospects of former migrants and yet it largely benefits non-hospitality related sectors of the domestic economy. While the re-integration experiences of former migrants are generally positive and the majority are content with the decision to return, some consider an opportunity to re-migrate.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1368-3500
Uncontrolled Keywords:Return migration; migrant labour; Polish hospitality workers; UK hospitality sector; Poland
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:26848
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Feb 2017 11:48
Last Modified:07 Feb 2017 11:48

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