We invite authors to submit articles to a special issue of the journal
“Studia Socjologiczno-Polityczne. Seria Nowa”
entitled
“Immigration and Emigration: Political Consequences and Social Challenges in Poland and Europe"

issue editors: Prof. Sławomir Łodziński and Dr Tadeusz Szawiel

Immigration and emigration are permanently present phenomena in the history of European countries. However, after the World War II, they took on a qualitatively and quantitatively distinct nature. The influx of large numbers of immigrants of different religions, cultures and ethnicities began in the United Kingdom after the collapse of the British Empire in the 1950s. The inflow of immigrants from India, Pakistan (Asian British – 7 of the British population 2011) and former colonies in Africa (Black British 3% respectively) was the first such a phenomenon in post-war Europe. In 1961, following the signing of an international agreement between West Germany and Turkey, there was a mass influx of Turks coming to work (Gastarbieter) in Germany. (They constituted 3.4% of the population of Germany in 2016). After Algeria gained its independence, mass immigration from North Africa to France began (7-9% of the population - 2018). Such a large inflow of immigrants had profound economic, social, cultural and political consequences.
The second wave of migration in European countries was primarily economic and occurred after eight Eastern European countries, including Poland, had accessed the European Union in 2004.
The third wave was the so-called “migration crisis” of 2015 and was caused by armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. The result was the arrival of refugees and economic migrants to the EU countries (2.6 million applications for asylum submitted in 2015-2016 only).
Migration will remain a lasting phenomenon in Europe in the upcoming years and their consequences will constitute be long-term challenges for political, economic, social and cultural systems..

We invite articles exploring the following issues:

  • Political reactions of governments and political parties to mass migration, including the emergence of new parties and political movements, current and anticipated legislative changes in Poland and EU countries;
  • The notions of community, nation, nation-state, dominant culture in the context of mass migration (and especially immigration);
  • Economic, social and cultural effects of economic migration to Poland from the East (mainly from Ukraine). We are also interested in articles presenting the Ukrainian perspective on the topic;
  • Strategies of societies and governments regarding “coming to terms” with religiously, culturally and ethnically differentiated immigrants involving changes in integration policies of immigrants and refugees, as well as experience and forecasts for the future.

Please send submissions for publication in the special issue in Polish or English by e-mail until the 30th November 2018 by e-mail to the editorial office (socpol.redakcja@is.uw.edu.pl).

More detailed information are also available from the editors of the issue: Prof. Sławomir Łodziński (s.lodzinski@uw.edu.pl)and Dr Tadeusz Szawiel (szawiel@uw.edu.pl)

We also encourage submitting articles, book reviews and essays not related to the subject matter of the issue, but referring to the general profile of the journal.