Polish Labour Migration to the UK: Data Discrepancies, Migrant Distributions, and Indicators of Entrepreneurial Activity

Catherine Harris, Dominique Moran, John Bryson

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    Abstract

    This paper contributes to a growing body of work on labour market migration to the UK from the new Member States (NMS) of the European Union, particularly the migration of Polish nationals to the UK, drawing attention to the weaknesses of existing data sets which attempt to quantify these migration flows and in particular to map the geographical distribution of migrants. The analysis of Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) and National Insurance Number (NINo) allocation data demonstrates that NMS migration has focused on urban and rural locales rather than having a predominantly rural or “peripheral” area bias. The paper also argues that the discrepancies between WRS and NINo data potentially reveal a “hidden” geography of self‐employment and entrepreneurial activity among NMS migrants which merits further investigation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)196-217
    Number of pages22
    JournalGrowth and Change
    Volume46
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Bibliographical note

    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mansfield, C, Moran, D &
    Bryson, J 2014, 'Polish Labour Migration to the UK: Data Discrepancies, Migrant
    Distributions, and Indicators of Entrepreneurial Activity' Growth and Change, vol
    46, no. 2, pp. 196-217, which has been published in final form at
    https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/grow.12087
    This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley
    Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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