‘We Don’t Differentiate between Old and New Arrivals’. Research Notes on Social Capital Formation in Religious Organizations among Polish Young Migrants in the UK
17 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2020
Date Written: 2017
With more than half a million Poles living in the UK, Polish Catholic Church has become an important provider for religious and social services in the UK. In this context, a plethora of religious organizations has been developing around the Polish Parishes especially focusing on youth. Drawing on 12 participant observations and semi-structured interviews with priest, association leaders and Polish youth, this paper asks how social capital is created within religious association by the Polish youth living in the UK. The research identifies 3 types of religious organizations operating in the religious communities and which are the main types of social networks that are formed within these religious organizations. Nevertheless, it touches upon the types of resources available within the developed social networks and concludes by arguing that the present finding provides evidences against what was observed in other studies on social capital formation among Polish migrants in the UK.
Keywords: social capital creation, religious associations, Polish Catholic Church in the UK, Polish migration
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation