About the project


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Initial information about the project

The project „Polish female migrants and their families – a study of care deficit” is being implemented in the Department of General Sociology and Research on Migrations, Institute of Sociology at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin in partnership with University of Bergen, Faculty of Social Sciences. The project is supervised by prof. Zofia Kawczyńska-Butrym, the head of Department of General Sociology and Research on Migrations. The research team is composed of researchers and specialists from Poland and Norway. The implementation period is from September 2013 to the end of 2015.

Justification of project implementation

The period of political systems transformations in Poland and accession to EU structures had large influence on the functioning of Polish families. Due to changes in women’s professional activities the way families give care to their children and elderly people is transformed. In this situation, women’s migrations have become a particularly important issue. They cause significant changes in the functioning of families, specifically their care-giving and socialising functions. This is why it is worth to scrutinise this aspect, ask and answer the questions on specific problems of women who deal with separation from their families and how the problem is solved. The project copes with the issues of care deficits in Polish families related to Polish women’s migration to Norway. It is assumed that women’s work abroad changes both inter-generation reciprocity norms in families and causes a need to use broadly understood social support to larger extent. This is why the project is included in the priority research area: migration and social coherence. Because the project covers the issues of the effectiveness of public institutions, we anticipate that the results of research will allow developing recommendations of changes in social policy, with considerations for individual social actors. The main objective of this project is to look into the migration-related deficit of care for children and elderly people. The project will focus on local family context and local care-giving infrastructure. The research will consider also such phenomena as: conflict of roles, stigmatisation and identity.