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Heads or hands? : differences and similarities between Polish students and labour immigrants

Köpfe oder Hände? : Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten zwischen polnischen Studierenden und Arbeitsmigranten
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Galent, Marcin; Niedźwiedzki, Dariusz; Goddeeris, Idesbald

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Abstract Discussing the Polish presence in Leuven, Belgium, this article examines the concept of 'intellectual migration from Eastern Europe after 1989' on at least two levels. On the one hand, it analyzes the numbers of foreign students at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and shows that a Europeanization is taking place, not because of a growth in the number of Central Europeans students, but because of a drop in the number of Chinese students and a rise of students from Belgium's neighbouring countries. On the other hand, it compares this intellectual immigration from Poland with the larger and better known labour immigration. It appears that the categorization between heads and hands is certainly not absolute. Their paths were much more common than scholars and students suppose, with labour immigrants studying, students working, and many Poles from different classes maintaining contact with each other.
Keywords labor migration; student; Poland; Belgium; living conditions; working conditions; social integration; immigration; studies (academic); university; foreign countries; post-socialist country
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; University Education
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords labour migration; student migration; Polish migration; foreign students; Europeanization; identities; ethnicity; Leuven; Belgium; Poland
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Berlin
Page/Pages 13 p.
Series Working Paper Series of the Research Network 1989, 15
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works