The (in)visible wall of fortress Europe? Elite migrating youth perceiving the sensitive Polish-Ukrainian border

Gawlewicz, Anna and Yndigegn, Carsten (2012). The (in)visible wall of fortress Europe? Elite migrating youth perceiving the sensitive Polish-Ukrainian border. In: Jagetić Andersen, Dorte; Klatt, Martin and Sandberg, Marie eds. The Border Multiple: The Practicing of Borders Between Public Policy and Everyday Life in a Re-scaling Europe. Ashgate, pp. 179–199.

Abstract

This chapter investigates the perceptions of the Polish-Ukrainian border developed by young people who cross the border for educational purposes. While the Polish-German border has been heavily researched (Meinhof and Galasinski, 2000a; Schultz etal., 2002; Stoklosa, 2003; Petrat et al., 2009;; Sandberg, 2009), the Polish-Ukrainian border has not been addressed to the same degree by an internationally oriented research, Although the Polish-German and the Polish-Ukrainian borders are deeply bound to the same historical incidents, both border contexts are different (Bialasiewicz and O'Loughlin, 2002; Scott and Matzeit, 2006). After being socially frozen for decades, the Polish-Ukrainian borderland is only slowly starting to develop, and youth mobility - educational and work migration - that first was directed towards more urban areas or towards the old EU-member countries, also directs towards the region's several big cities, which are offering studying possibilities.

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