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Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Poland (Katarzyna Andrejuk’s research from 2014–2017)

The collection contains materials from the study entitled ‘Immigrant entrepreneurship in Poland. Ethnicity as a cultural script, as a profit maximising strategy and as a barrier to immigrants’ economic activity.’ The research was carried out under a grant from the National Science Centre (Sonata competition, Principal Investigator: Katarzyna Andrejuk, grant number: 2013/09/D/HS6/03430). The project was conducted from 2014 to 2017 and the grant anticipated funding 50 interviews with immigrants and experts. Ultimately, the Archive offers 54 interviews with immigrants and experts dealing with the topic of immigrants in Poland. All this is complemented by photographic documentation from five locations. The study covered interviews with Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian migrant communities, as well as with European Union citizens (from various countries) living in Poland.

The project aimed to understand how different cultural contexts (of a specific immigrant group, of a specific host society) influence the occupational/economic activity of immigrant entrepreneurs. The study also analysed reasons inducing immigrants to become self-employed and develop their own businesses. The study also explored the significance of a specific form of presence on the labour market (running a business) for the integration with the host society and settlement in Poland.

Interview topics: reasons for coming to Poland, first stage of stay in Poland; education and professional trajectory before starting a business; reasons for starting one’s own business, the nature of the business, the development of respondents’ own companies; the experienced barriers, advantages and disadvantages of running a business in Poland; cultural differences, especially in the professional sphere; and plans for the future. Many interviews also contain important side issues, such as the relationship between immigrants and the host society and family life in Poland.

More detailed information about the collection can be found in the description in Polish.