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Accession 8 migration and the proactive and defensive engagement of social citizenship

Cook, Joanne; Dwyer, Peter; Waite, Louise


Dr Joe Cook
Reader in Organisational Behaviour/Human Resources Management

Peter Dwyer

Louise Waite


Following the expansion of the European Union in 2004 unprecedented numbers of Accession 8 migrants from Central and Eastern Europe entered the UK. These migrants are often concentrated in particular urban neighbourhoods, which are already routinely home to diverse communities and/or characterised by high levels of social deprivation. Using original data from a study in a northern English city, this paper explores the ways in which established communities experience and make sense of the local impact of new migration within their neighbourhoods. The belief that newly arrived migrants are in competition with established communities for finite local jobs and welfare resources is central to the expressed concerns of established communities about the potential for A8 migration to have a localised negative impact. Utilising Ellison's (2000) theoretical insights, the paper argues that established communities’ concerns, rather than being simply an expression of xenophobic intolerance, have their basis in how the expansion of the EU facilitates opportunities for the ‘proactive engagement’ of citizenship status among A8 migrants, whilst often triggering a more ‘defensive engagement’ among members of local host communities.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-04
Journal Journal of social policy
Print ISSN 0047-2794
Electronic ISSN 1469-7823
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 329-347
Institution Citation Cook, J., Dwyer, P., & Waite, L. (2012). Accession 8 migration and the proactive and defensive engagement of social citizenship. Journal of Social Policy, 41(2), 329-347.
Keywords Social Sciences (miscellaneous); Public Administration; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of: COOK, J., DWYER, P. and WAITE, L. (2012) ‘Accession 8 Migration and the Proactive and Defensive Engagement of Social Citizenship’, Journal of Social Policy, 41(2), pp. 329–347. doi: 10.1017/S0047279411000766.


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