[Seminarreihe Regensburg] Kristýna Peychlová (Prag): "Integration – belonging – transnationalism: the case of Czech migrants in the United Kingdom"


Am Dienstag, 29.03.2016, hält Kristýna Peychlová (Prag) in der Seminarreihe des Arbeitsbereichs Ökonomie am  Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS) den Vortrag "Integration – belonging – transnationalism: the case of Czech migrants in the United Kingdom".

Kristýna Peychlová arbeitet als Postdoc am GEOMIGRACE Research Centre des Fachbereichs Sozialgeographie und Regionale Entwicklung der Karls Universität Prag.

Zeit: 29.03.2016, 13:30–15:00 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

Abstract des Vortrags

Recent years have brought about a number of intriguing studies questioning the relationship between migrant integration and transnationalism, the two so popular and equally frequently (mis-)used terms of migration studies. The aim of my paper is to examine the relationship between migrants’ integration patterns and transnational practices in order to identify the factors which make a migrant stay or (yearn for) return. This question is particularly significant in the context of virtually unrestricted intra-EU mobility, which can be seen as a double-edged sword in terms of both migrant well-being and state policies. I am using the concept of “belonging” to capture the individual-level experience of “being integrated” into the receiving country society on the one hand (along the structural, cultural, interactional and identificational dimensions), and maintaining transnational attachments to the sending country on the other. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted in autumn 2014 and winter 2015 with a sample of twenty Czech migrants who have moved to the United Kingdom in the period 1990–2011. The interviews centred on their migration trajectories, different channels of integration into and with the receiving country society and their relation to various forms of local and transnational civic engagement. Interview transcripts and field notes were content-analysed for pre-selected topics, as well as using the grounded theory principle of open coding and theory generation. The results suggest that the nature of “belonging” is largely determined not by the reasons for coming to the receiving country, but by the reasons for staying and the perceived reasons to return. The factors which seem to play the biggest role here are occupational and private life satisfaction, personal value positioning with respect to the societies of the sending and receiving countries, and quality of social ties “here” and “there.” An important demographic factor is the age at migration. On the other hand, length of stay, gender and socio-economic status do not seem to be as important.