The Impact of EU Post-Enlargement Labour Migration on Social Attitudes of Migrant Workers: An Example of Latvia

By Inna Akopova and Aleksejs Ruza.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Personal features of the people, who have decided to leave the country of residence for the sake of earnings, normally differ from those who prefer to work in their homeland. But how will labour migrants themselves change during that time? Our study is concentrated on dynamics of social attitudes of labour migrants in comparison to those people who, being placed in similar conditions, have preferred not to leave the country of residence. The data of our research provides the grounds to assume that the basic attitudes subject to influence of experience of labour migration are such entities as family values, political views, attitudes toward education and people of different nationalities. For example, respondents who have spent more than half a year in labour migration, notice that they have become more tolerant, but, simultaneously, less focused on marriage and birth of children. This research rises the issue of ecological component of the attitude meaning the migrant’s potential to materialize his changed attitude towards issues so important for the country and society. The results (N=225) reflect how labour migration influences the backbone of intellectual, social and economic development of a society.

Keywords: Labour, Labour Migration, Attitudes, Social Psychology, EU, Europe

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.485-498. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 633.125KB).

Inna Akopova

Phd Student, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Daugavpils University, Riga, Latvia

Inna Akopova is a PhD student of Department of Social Psychology in Daugavpils University and a professional journalist working on economic, social, European affairs and also labor migration topics. Her research interests include labour migration, social attitudes, individual differences in personality and motivation and other related topics.

Dr. Aleksejs Ruza

PhD., Docent, Head of the Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Scientific Interests: Social Psychology, Social cognition, Interpersonal Relations.

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