Fertility potential and child benefits questioned: Polish migration in the UK and changes of family policies in Poland.

Authors

  • Jakub Isański Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Michał Michalski Adam Mickiewicz University
  • Krzysztof Szwarc
  • Renata Seredyńska-Abou Eid

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v18i4.1165

Keywords:

migrating fertility, return of migrants, assessment of movement, pro-fertility policy, migration from Poland

Abstract

This paper presents the discussion about evaluating and using „migrating fertility” potential as a useful approach for designing and implementing pro-natalist and family policies which may play significant role in managing migration processes especially in the context of low fertility in European countries. The analysis presented in the article is based on pilot empirical study conducted in the UK in 2017 and 2018. The aim was to capture the views of migrants who have been staying in the UK for several years on the Family 500+” fertility-boost financial aid program introduced in Poland in 2016. A critical aspect of the adopted approach is the inclusion in the analysis of future demographic trends the fertility potential of those who emigrated from their home country, a factor often underestimated in migration studies. The results of the study, which was conducted shortly after the launch of the Program, clearly indicate that the new child benefit is not the only decisive factor for Polish migrants, and therefore they are not necessarily eager to return to their home country despite the new pro-family policy.

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Published

2021-07-20

How to Cite

Isański, J., Michalski, M., Szwarc, K., & Seredyńska-Abou Eid, R. (2021). Fertility potential and child benefits questioned: Polish migration in the UK and changes of family policies in Poland. Migration Letters, 18(4), 381–399. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v18i4.1165

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