Polish entrepreneurs in the Glasgow area: migratory and business strategies

Paul Lassalle, Ewa Helinska-Hughes, Michael Hughes

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The aim of this paper is to establish a new understanding of Polish migrants in the UK based upon contemporary research undertaken in the greater Glasgow area, focusing on Entrepreneurs within this community. The analysis of this specific population is interesting for the following reasons. First, life trajectories comprising the decisions to emigrate and subsequent long-term settlement are not particularly well understood within this recent wave of migration from Poland. These trajectories are exemplified by business start-up decisions taken by some Polish migrants and their families. Therefore, the research attempts to address the issue of business start-ups as part of a long-term settlement strategy; and why and how this decision occurred. Second, the analysis of relationships between Polish Entrepreneurs and the Polish Community contributes to the academic debate on migration networks, and their role in this immigrant population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-184
Number of pages32
JournalStudia Migracyjne - Przeglad Polonijny
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • polish migrants
  • entrepreneurship
  • business strategies


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