The Effects of International Economic Migration on the Family as seen by Lithuanian and Polish Students

Małgorzata Szyszka
2017 Socialinis ugdymas  
The main aim of the article is to examine young people's opinions concerning international economic migration. The analysis is based on a study that was conducted by the author and involved 198 students of selected degree programmes at two universities: in Lublin and in Vilnius. The first part of the article describes the students' countries of origin, i.e. Poland and Lithuania, while the second one gives an analysis of the empirical data. The students' opinions on the reasons for migration and
more » ... s for migration and their assessment of migration, are discussed. Furthermore, the article presents the negative and positive effects of the parent's migration on the family. Finally, it indicates what conditions, in the view of respondents, help to reduce the negative consequences of economic migration. Socialinis ugdymas / Socialinė klasterizacija tvarioje visuomenėje / 2017, t. 45, Nr. 1 Sumaniosios edukacijos iššūkiai Active Social Inclusive with the emotional and instrumental support (practical help and social contacts). Moreover, today migration is treated as "an integral part of human life. The so-called culture of migration is perpetuated. Despite people's awareness of its negative consequences, migration is tolerated or even considered desirable" (Danilewicz, 2010, 94). The article focuses on how international economic migration is perceived by young people. It aims at presenting students' opinions about the consequences of economic migration for the family and children. It is crucial to get to know what members of the young generation think of this issue because in future they may also decide to migrate in search of 'a better life', and at the same time they face important decisions about starting their own families. The article presents the results of a study carried out among students of selected degree programmes at two universities: in Lublin and in Vilnius. So how do young people assess the influence of migration on the functioning of the family? What positive and negative consequences of migration do they see? Is it possible, in their opinion, to avoid the undesirable effects of migration? Have they had any experience of migration so far? The first part of the article describes the students' countries of origin (Poland and Lithuania) with reference to selected indicators. This is followed by the profile of students who took part in the study. Finally, their opinions on the effects of international economic migration on the family are examined.
doi:10.15823/su.2017.4 fatcat:6y73y7qewzgnjh6jh3cobujlmy