Integracja imigrantów w Małopolsce w świetle etnomiernika
Ethnosizing Integration of Immigrants in Lesser Poland
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In terms of immigration flows, Poland is not only a transit country but also a place where increasing numbers of immigrants from the European Union and outside of it decide to settle down. At the same time our knowledge of the immigrants’ integration processes is very scarce. This article, based on the recent research data from the Lesser Poland region, sheds new light on the adaptation processes within the largest immigrant communities in this part of the country. It employees the ethnosizer (Constant et al. 2009) – an index which enables a quantitative assessment of the ethnic identity of immigrants – adapting it to the Polish migration realities. The authors critically evaluate the ethnosizer’s utility for future in-depth research on the integration of immigrants in Poland pointing out its weak and strong sides. The study analyzes four largest immigrant groups which reside in the region of Lesser Poland, namely: Armenians, Ukrainians, Vietnamese, and immigrants from MENA countries. The results indicate inter alia that Armenians and Ukrainians are the most integrated immigrant groups, while the Vietnamese are the most likely to opt for the separation strategy.
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