Worklife connections
Technologies of mobility and transnational lives
in New mobilities in Europe
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This chapter examines the mobility patterns of Polish migrants in the context of new ‘technologies of mobility’. Of particular importance was low-cost air travel which facilitated the initial migration move to Ireland and allowed for subsequent two-way traffic between the two countries. However, what was even more remarkable was the extent to which Ireland became a jumping-off point for visiting new places in Europe and beyond. Arguably, the Irish migration experience introduced many Polish migrants to a new world of mobility and travel as they began to discover new countries and destinations. In addition to physical movement, new information and communication technologies (ICTs) were of particular importance in maintaining transnational contacts. In conjunction with new travel opportunities, ICTs created a new experience of mobility beyond the ‘container’ of the nation-state, as Polish migrants increasingly lived a transnational life ‘in-between’.

New mobilities in Europe

Polish migration to Ireland post-2004

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