Drawing upon socio-legal research, this insightful book considers labour migration within the context of ('eastward') European Union enlargement. Specifically, this volume explores the legal rights of accession nationals to access employment, their experiences once in work and their engagement with broader family and social entitlement. By combining analysis of the legal framework governing free movement-related rights with analysis of qualitative data gained from interviews with Polish migrants, this volume is able to speculate on the significance the status of Union citizenship holds for nationals of the recently-acceded CEE Member States. Citizenship is conceptualised not merely as rights but as a practice; a real 'lived' experience. The citizenship status of migrants from the CEE Member States is shaped by formal legal entitlement, law in action - as it is implemented by the Member States and 'accessed' by the migrants - and social and cultural perceptions and experiences 'on the ground'.
'An excellent piece of socio-legal scholarship that highlights the limits and potential of EU citizenship status for A8 migrants. The combination of legal analysis and empirical data convincingly bring to life the experiences of European migrants living and working in the UK.' Peter Dwyer, Nottingham Trent University, UK '…[this] book is an excellent addition to recent studies on migration from the new accession states…[and] has much to say empirically (often poignantly) about the human stories of migrants and their efforts to work and maintain family life…' Translocations: Migration and Social Change '…Samantha Currie makes effective use of a socio-legal approach, drawing upon a mixture of legal material and interviews with Polish migrants and employment agencies. The work as a whole shows the limits to the status and experience of EU8 migrants in the United Kingdom.' Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 'Migration, Work and Citizenship raises some important theoretical issues that deserve exploration and analysis. The author lays out the legal relationship between mobility and citizenship, and this is an important first step.' Journal of International Migration and Integration