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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.4

Aliens on conveyer belts. Aspirations of immigrants from Nepal in Poland


  • Dr. Joanna BIELECKA-PRUS

Primary authors



Research on immigrants indicate that the scale of the imigration from Nepal is growing (from 2017-2018 released on nearly 800 thousand work permits). In Poland immigrants from Nepal are quite new "guest workers". The migrants work mainly in construction and industry in positions that do not require qualification. They are coming in order to seek better life opportunities but they have to cope with new barriers they could not anticipate. They experience culture shock and many barriers stemming from stereotypes, bureaucracy and bad labour conditions. They try to adjust their hopes to new circumstances. The " conveyer belt" not only refers to the work in factories, common for Nepali people, but also in a metaphor of "being moved forward" (social and space mobility). In the paper we are going to report the data from our research (interviews, quantitative data) focusing on aspirations of the Nepali people, their definition of good life, projects of future in the context of nomadic and uncertain nowness and their endeavor to change “no(w)ness” to something better.