Rethinking settlement and integration

Migrants' anchoring in an age of insecurity

By Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska

Rethinking settlement and integration


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3683-1
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, Human Geography, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Sociology, Migration, immigration & emigration, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Immigration, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • Series: Manchester University Press


Rethinking settlement and integration argues that concepts well-established in migration studies such as 'settlement' and 'integration' do not sufficiently capture the features of adaptation and settling of contemporary migrants. Instead, Grzymala-Kazlowska proposes the integrative and transdisciplinary concept of 'anchoring', linking the notions of identity, adaptation and settling while underlining migrants' efforts at recovering their feeling of security and stability.

Drawing on in-depth interviews and questionnaires with Polish migrants in the United Kingdom and Ukrainian migrants in Poland, ethnographic and autobiographical research as well as the analysis of texts from internet forums and blogs, this monograph demonstrates the applications of the author's original concept of 'anchoring', and its foregrounding of the combination of sociological and psychological perspectives. Rethinking settlement and integration aims not only to examine the processes of adaptation and settling among today's migrants, but highlights practical implications to better support individuals facing changes and challenges in new, complex and fluid societies.


1 Rethinking settlement and integration: a critical and integrative literature review
2 Developing the concept of anchoring: from a metaphor through a sensitising concept to an empirically grounded concept
3 Researching migrants' anchoring
4 From mobility to anchoring: Ukrainian migrants in Poland
5 Anchored not rooted: Polish migrants in the UK
6 Towards a general model of migrants' anchoring
7 Insecurities, constraints and inequalities in anchoring
Conclusions: from theory to practical applications?

Appendix: characteristics of interviewees


Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska is Professor at the University of Warsaw in the Faculty of Sociology and at the Centre for Migration Research. She is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, which hosted her Individual Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship. Grzymala-Kazlowska is Editor-in-Chief of the Central and Eastern European Migration Review.

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