Socio-Legal Integration: Polish Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Socio-Legal Integration

Polish Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom, 1st Edition

By Agnieszka Kubal


258 pages

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This book examines how contemporary migrants form and transform their involvement with the law in their host countries and which factors influence this relationship. It suggests a more comprehensive insight into the socio-legal integration of migrants by analysing the interplay between the new legal environment and migrants' existing culturally-derived values, attitudes, behaviour and social expectations towards law and law enforcement. Acknowledging the superdiversity of migration as a global issue, the book uses the case study of Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement migrants to examine values and attitudes to the rules that govern their work and residence in the UK and to the legal system in general. With wider international relevance than just Poland and the UK, this book makes a case for the meaningful employment of legal culture in socio-legal integration research and suggests far-reaching consequences for host countries and their immigrant communities.


’There is much to admire in Agnieszka Kubal’s meticulously researched and theoretically innovative account…The book will be of interest to socio-legal scholars of migration as well as to anthropologists and sociologists tracking mobilities within and into Europe. Moreover, Kubal’s rich and varied bibliography will be an excellent resource for students of the sociolegal aspects of migration everywhere.’ Slavic Journal 'There is a good deal of popular, but usually poorly-informed, commentary on the question of whether and to what extent post-2004 Polish migrants are adjusting to a British way of life. Agnieszka Kubal has lifted this debate to a new level. She does this by skilfully deploying a combination of social theory, the idea of legal culture and a deep appreciation of the dilemmas and responses of the migrants themselves. In depicting how an initial indifference to the law slowly gives way to a complex interplay between migrants' agency and the new socio-legal environment in which they find themselves, Dr. Kubal has made a vital contribution to the general question of how to understand integration in a transnational world.' Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK 'By introducing legal culture as a crucial intermediate factor of migrant integration, Agnieszka Kubal has succeeded in offering a new and innovative perspective to the study of contemporary intra-EU labour mobility.' Marek Okólski, University of Warsaw, Poland

About the Author

Dr. Agnieszka Kubal works at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford. She is also Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. She currently pursues research projects in the areas of European migration systems, migrants' legal incorporation and comparative legal culture. She teaches political sociology and socio-legal approaches to migration. She is a member of Migration Law network.

About the Series

Cultural Diversity and Law

Cultural Diversity and Law
Around the world, most states are faced with difficult issues arising out of cultural diversity in their territories. Within the legal field, such issues span across matters of private law through to public and constitutional law. At international level too there is now considerable jurisprudence regarding ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. In addition, there are several layers of legal control - from communal and religious regulation to state and international regulation. This multiplicity of norm setting has been variously termed legal pluralism, inter-legality or inter-normativity and provides a fascinating lens for academic analysis that links up to cultural diversity in new and interesting ways. The umbrella of cultural diversity encompasses various population groups throughout the world ranging from national, ethnic, religious or indigenous groupings. This series particularly welcomes work that is of comparative interest, concerning various state jurisdictions as well as different population groups.

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