Work Package 1.3
Start date: October 2015
End date: September 2017
This project combines quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to examine the participation of European migrants from the A8 countries in local civil society. Fieldwork will take place in three localities across Wales; one urban, one rural and one semi-rural.
The project employs a mixed-methods approach. The research is conducted in two stages. The team will conduct 80 hour long interviews. This research focuses on: Welshpool (semi-rural), Pwllheli (coastal), The Black Mountains – consisting of the wards of Bronllys, Bwlch, Crickhowell, Glasbury, Gwernyfed, Hay, Llangattock, Llangors, Llangynidr, and Talgarth in Powys – (rural), and Llanelli (urban).
The first stage is centred on statistical analysis of Census data, from 1951 onwards, which entails examining the evolving demographic profiles of the different areas following in-migration from other parts of the UK and more recently from outside the UK, especially from Central and Eastern Europe after EU enlargement in 2004.
The second aspect of the quantitative analysis entails investigation of the Citizenship Survey. A particular focus in this aspect will whether there is a difference in the propensity of A8 migrants, other migrant groups and UK born residents to get involved in activities within local communities. The second stage is focussed on qualitative data collection, drawing on semi-structured interviews with locally-based A8 migrants about their roles in civil society.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.