How Polish Migrants in Norway Consider Return Migration

Policy brief

Erdal, Marta Bivand (2015) How Polish Migrants in Norway Consider Return Migration, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.

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After Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004 and the substantial emigration that followed, return migration was an expectation widely shared by observers in Poland and abroad. Return migration has been modest, however, even in the wake ofthe 2008-2009financial crisis. Due to the post-accession migration wave, Poles comprise the largest immigrant group in Norway. AlthoughPolish migrants in Norway were also expected to stay for short periodsof time, they are for the most partnot returning to Poland. This Policy Brief explores why, presenting five common per-spectives on return migration among Poles in Norway.

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