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Socio-legal Integration: Polish Migrants Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom

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ISBN13: 9781409436997
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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This book examines how contemporary migrants form and transform their involvement with the law in their host countries and which factors influence this relationship. It suggests a more comprehensive insight into the socio-legal integration of migrants by analysing the interplay between the new legal environment and migrants' existing culturally-derived values, attitudes, behaviour and social expectations towards law and law enforcement.

Acknowledging the superdiversity of migration as a global issue, the book uses the case study of Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement migrants to examine values and attitudes to the rules that govern their work and residence in the UK and to the legal system in general. With wider international relevance than just Poland and the UK, this book makes a case for the meaningful employment of legal culture in socio-legal integration research and suggests far-reaching consequences for host countries and their immigrant communities.

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Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
Theoretical approaches to understanding migrants in a new socio-legal environment
Polish post-2004 EU enlargement migrants in the United Kingdom: case study
British legal environment in the context of the 2004 EU enlargement free movement regime
Polish migrants in the British legal environment: the question of semi-legality
Polish socio-legal tradition
Polish contemporary legal culture in comparative perspective
Gradual legality: changing behaviour, changing attitudes
Conclusions: toward improved understanding of migrants' socio-legal integration