Social Anchoring and Settlement: adaptation and integration in Birmingham's new Polish community

Heritage Learning Centre, Library of Birmingham
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Thursday 6th November 2014 (10:00-13:00)
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Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska
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This workshop brought evidence from in-depth research on the settlement of Polish migrants in the UK and outlined the potential applications of a new way of thinking about “social anchoring” in helping to both support adaptation and integration practice and shape research on this topic. Following a presentation attendees had an opportunity to listen to and discuss the experiences of practitioners working with Polish migrants.

Attendees learned:

  • What social anchoring is and how it relates to your life and work?
  • What are different adaptation and integration strategies which reflect the diversity of Polish migrants?
  • How Polish migrants can be supported in adaptation and how their integration be facilitated through social anchoring?

The event represented an opportunity for the public and practitioners to get involved in an accessible way in research and to understand how such activities can be used to shape practice. The event is relevant to the experiences of residents/policymakers/practitioners in Birmingham, an increasingly diverse city, as rapid change leads to a range of challenges for our society.

The event was held in the award winning Library of Birmingham. 


10.00-10.25 Interactive lecture: Social anchoring in Birmingham’s Polish community?

10.25-10.45 Small group discussions around reactions to the fieldwork research and the idea of social anchoring, its limitations and potential for aiding understanding of adaptation and integration processes of new arrivals both within and beyond the Polish community

10.45-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.50 Experiences of practitioners working with Polish migrants

11.50-12.40 Workshop on social anchoring

12.10-13.00 Snack and coffee

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