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‘Good relations’ among neighbours and workmates? The everyday encounters of Accession 8 migrants and established communities in Urban England

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JournalPopulation, Space and Place
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Sep 2010
DatePublished (current) - Nov 2011
Issue number6
Volume17
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)727-741
Early online date30/09/10
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Drawing on data generated in a recently completed qualitative study in a northern, English city, this paper explores the everyday social encounters of Accession 8 (A8) migrants who entered the UK following the expansion of the European Union in 2004. A number of options from permanent residence in another Member State on the one hand, to more fleeting circulatory and multiple short-term moves on the other, now exist for these new European citizens. The relatively short-term and temporary residence of some A8 migrants calls into question the focus of much UK government policy, which emphasises the need for migrants to integrate into diverse yet cohesive communities. Against this backdrop, the aim of this paper is two-fold. First, it considers the somewhat different character of A8 migration (encompassing a spectrum from permanency to temporariness) and what this means for routine experiences of mixing between new migrants and established host communities. Second, the paper explores such interactions in terms of ‘everyday encounters’ in both neighbourhood and work spaces and asks whether such spatio-temporal practices and experiences enhance or inhibit the building of ‘good relations’ in a multicultural city.

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  • A8 migration, Integration, Neighbourhood, Mixing, Good relations, Everyday encounters

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