The aim of the article is to discuss weak and strong points of qualitative approach in migration studies. Starting with the observation that qualitative studies tend to be seen as inferior to quantitative studies in field of international mobility, the article lists possible reasons for this situation. They include: relatively low reliability of qualitative research tools and techniques, relatively low explanatory power of qualitative studies, small number of cases put under investigation, limits of generalization of qualitative results and low transparency of qualitative techniques of analysis. The article proposes possible solutions to tackle those weaknesses of qualitative approach and demonstrates pro arguments for using qualitative approach in studies of international mobility in a set of situations, especially in studies on groups of foreign migrants in the destination country.
Agata Gorny, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Osrodek Badan nad Migracjami, ul. Banacha 2b, 02-097 Warszawa, Poland
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