MIDEM LUNCHTALK: Will the Election Change Anything? Poland as a New Country of Immigration

Join us for a virtual MIDEM Lunch Talk with Marta Kozłowska, postdoctoral researcher at the Mercator Forum Migration and Democracy (MIDEM). Following the Polish parliamentary elections on 15 October, we would like to take a closer look at the central themes of the campaign, analyze the election results, and discuss the possible implications for Poland and Europe, focusing in particular on immigration.

Immigration was one of the main issues of the election campaign. In recent years, Poland has experienced a dramatic increase in immigration, which has led to a rapid politicization of the issue and heated debates. The campaign was also influenced by the ongoing cash-for-visa scandal uncovered by investigative journalists in early September.

The event will begin with a short introductory presentation, after which we invite all participants to an open Q&A session.

You can register for the Lunch Talk using the link below.

For further insights, you can also refer to Marta Kozłowska’s recently published analysis of the pre-election campaign, which offers insights into the political and social landscape leading up to the elections and discusses the new role of immigration as a political issue in Poland.

About Marta Kozłowska

Marta Kozłowska is a researcher at the Mercator Forum for Migration and Democracy (MIDEM) since 2018, specializing in political discourse on migration in Central Eastern Europe with a special focus on Poland. She holds a PhD in political science from TU Dresden with a dissertation on “The political meanings of solidarity: the use of the concept in the post-war manifestos of German political parties”. Previously, she worked as a research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. She holds MAs in European Studies and Sociology from AMU Poznań and in Sociology – European Societies from FU Berlin. Her research interests include party politics, manifestos and party ideologies, political sociology, social integration, and political philosophy.

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