‘We Don’t Differentiate between Old and New Arrivals’. Research Notes on Social Capital Formation in Religious Organizations among Polish Young Migrants in the UK

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Anatolie Coșciug

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (ULBS); Centrul pentru Studiul Comparat al Migratiei, UBB

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

With more than half a million Poles living in the UK, Polish Catholic Church has become an important provider for religious and social services in the UK. In this context, a plethora of religious organizations has been developing around the Polish Parishes especially focusing on youth. Drawing on 12 participant observations and semi-structured interviews with priest, association leaders and Polish youth, this paper asks how social capital is created within religious association by the Polish youth living in the UK. The research identifies 3 types of religious organizations operating in the religious communities and which are the main types of social networks that are formed within these religious organizations. Nevertheless, it touches upon the types of resources available within the developed social networks and concludes by arguing that the present finding provides evidences against what was observed in other studies on social capital formation among Polish migrants in the UK.

Keywords: social capital creation, religious associations, Polish Catholic Church in the UK, Polish migration

Suggested Citation

Coșciug, Anatolie, ‘We Don’t Differentiate between Old and New Arrivals’. Research Notes on Social Capital Formation in Religious Organizations among Polish Young Migrants in the UK (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3690271 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3690271

Anatolie Coșciug (Contact Author)

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (ULBS) ( email )

Sibiu, 550024
Romania

Centrul pentru Studiul Comparat al Migratiei, UBB ( email )

Traian Moșoiu Street, no. 71
Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Cluj 400132
Romania

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