New publication from the CEEYouth project

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We are happy to inform that in the frames of CEEYouth research project Agnieszka Trąbka and Paula Pustułka published the article entitled “Bees & butterflies: Polish migrants’ social anchoring, mobility and risks post-Brexit” analysing how young Poles in the UK are coping with Brexit. The paper has been published open access and you can download it from the homepage of the “Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies“.


We’ve got research founds for a new project!

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We are pleased to announce that as a partner in a consortium, under the leadership of the University of Luxembourg, we have been granted a prestigious research project in the European Union Programme for research and innovation – Horizon 2020, in the panel: MIGRATION-03-2019: Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies, with the project: EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions (MIMY). As the Council of Europe underlines “the youth perspective is rarely taken into account in national and international debate on migration. The needs of young migrants should be better understood and their role in European society should be acknowledged.” (COE 2017: 12).

The overall objective of MIMY is to investigate the integration processes of young migrants (aged between 18 and 29) and minors (15-17) who are third country nationals at risk and who find themselves in vulnerable conditions. The main aim of MIMY is to focus on the integration processes of young migrants and to understand their daily intercultural relations with the local population which leads to the main research question of: How to support the liquid integration processes of young migrants in vulnerable conditions in Europe to increase social and economic benefits of and for migrants?

In the project, we will apply several research methods and techniques, such as statistical secondary data analysis, qualitative analysis of legislation and integration policies, focus group interviews with young migrants and their parents, semi-structured interviews with youth, discourse analysis, biographical narratives, participatory action research, scoping study, Delphi method.

Members of the Polish team: Prof. Izabela Grabowska – Principal Investigator, Dr. Agnieszka Trąbka, Dr. Justyna Sarnowska, Dr. Paula Pustułka.


How to inspire community change? Youth Research Center researchers train young leaders of tomorrow

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Youth Research Centre researchers joined a final conference of the Third University Mission’s Youth Votes Plus programme and carried out a series of workshops with secondary school students. Youth Votes Plus programme strives to develop and enhance leadership, civic and social competencies among secondary school youth in Poland. The workshops run by Dr Justyna Sarnowska and Dr Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek from SWPS University Youth Centre aimed at supporting students in equipping them in practical tools to inspire and execute social change on community level. Young participants learned how to assess challenges and attitudes of local community, how to undertake research on focal community issues, how to map stakeholder groups and how design inclusive strategies of change. Prof. Izabela Grabowska met with the teachers to talk about life-long learning idea.


Justyna Sarnowska distinguished for the doctoral dissertation

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We are very pleased to inform that the coordinator of the Youth Research Center, Dr. Justyna Sarnowska, was distinguished for the doctoral dissertation: Socialization role of international migration in school-to-work transition in the first edition of the Joanna Matejko competition for the best master’s thesis and doctoral thesis on the topic of international migration to and from Poland and the Polish diaspora.

Congratulations also to the other laureates of the competition: Dr. Joanna Kulpińska – winner of the main award for her doctoral dissertation, Gabriela Gałecka – winner of the main award for her master’s thesis and dr Zofia Trębacz distinguished for her doctoral dissertation and Marta Kluszczyńska distinguished for her master’s thesis.

The organizer of the competition is the Centre for Migration Research of the University of Warsaw and the Centre for Migration Research Foundation under the patronage of the Migration Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

dr. Justyna Sarnowska, prof. Marek Okólski

dr. Justyna Sarnowska


Youth Research Center on the IMISCOE Spring Conference: Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond

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The IMISCOE Spring Conference: Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond took place on March 28-29 2019 at Sheffield University.

During the first conference day, Dominika Winogrodzka together with Olga Czeranowska (CMR) gave a presentation on “Geographical and occupational trajectories of multiple migrants from Poland” on the session “Future mobility.” Dominika Winogrodzka has presented the preliminary results of the research project “Peer groups and migration”. Dominika Winogrodzka and Olga Czeranowska were analysing the subjective and objective dimensions of careers (including consideration education and human capital, as well as duration and number of migrations) and the motivations behind young people’s international mobility and level of their satisfaction with results of migrations. In the presentation, both were considered quantitative and qualitative aspects of Polish immigration after 1989.

During the second conference day, Professor Izabela Grabowska together with Doctor Agnieszka Trąbka gave a talk on “Youth from Central and Eastern Europe facing risks in the UK. The comparative study of Poles and Lithuanians in the context of Brexit” on the “Brexit and uncertainties” session. The methodological concept of project “CEEYouth: The comparative study of young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit“ was presented. Professor Izabela Grabowska and Doctor Agnieszka Trabąka were presenting among others the research hypotheses, the mix-method methodology, the profile of participant of the quantitive part, the idea and timetable of synchronous and asynchronous encounters (24 months) and the research agenda (Presentation_Grabowska_Trabka).

Luka Klimavičiūtė (the member of CEEYouth project team) gave a speech on “Lithuanian and Polish returnees: knowledge transfer and long-term knowledge mobility” on “Returnings” session.

The programme of the event is available here.



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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is inviting applications for a position of Post-doctoral Researcher in the CEEYou(th) project on young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom, led by Professor Izabela Grabowska, financed by the National Research Center’s (NCN) DAINA funding scheme. Place of work: Warsaw, Poland. Application deadline: March 13, 2019.


The CEEYou(th) project is focused on young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom. Executed by an international Polish-Lithuanian consortium, funded by the National Science Center’s (NCN) DAINA scheme, the project centers on two major ‘new EU’ sending countries and looks at what migrants, 34 years old and younger, “do” to handle the result of the Brexit Referendum vote. The objectives of the project are (1) To compare migrating youth from Poland and Lithuania in the relation to those who stayed in the home countries; (2) To compare and evaluate whether young Poles and Lithuanians are socially “anchored” or embedded in their destination country; (3)To explore various risks experienced by young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit; (4) To analyze how the unfolding implications of Brexit affect life trajectories of Poles and Lithuanians, with a special focus on transitions to adulthood; (5) To explore and compare the latest return migration of young Poles and Lithuanians, and (6) To highlight migratory behaviors of ethnic Poles from Lithuania and ethnic Lithuanians from Poland in the UK.


  • The post holder will join the CEEYouth team, Youth Research Center and SWPS University on a full-time basis and will have the following responsibilities:
  • Overseeing, supervising and meeting all milestones and outputs of the CEEYouth project with respect to quantitative research.
  • Supporting operationalization of the core CEEYou(th) research tasks and primary involvement in the preparation of quantitative research tools.
  • Leading the analyses of quantitative data used and collected during the project, with the support of the Lithuanian Partners and a PhD student
  • Participation in and leading the activities related to the scientific outputs of the project, e.g. presenting papers at conferences as well as co-authoring research reports and scholarly articles/papers
  • Collaborating with the international project team, especially with the counterparts in Lithuania and with advisors in the UK.
  • As a member of the Youth Research Center, at SWPS University, supporting its activities.
  • Co-supervising junior researchers involved in the CEEYouth project.


  • Doctoral degree in sociology or a closely related discipline
  • Excellent skills in quantitative research methods and, ideally, a good understanding of mixed-methods approaches
  • Demonstrated track record of writing reports and academic publications on migration studies, youth studies, ethnicity, labor market, work, risk or any other topics related to the project, ideally in English


  • Fluent Polish (handling raw data)
  • Good command of Englsih to facilitiate cooperation with an international research team


  • Full-time employment contract
  • Gross salary PLN 6,380 per month
  • Opportunity to work on an exciting project with a team of international researchers


  • Academic CV (with details of qualifications/ degree; scholarly achievements and awards, experience in research projects, academic interests, etc.)
  • List of publications
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you see yourself fulfilling the role
  • Please include the following clause on the processing of personal information on your CV: “I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act as of 29 August 1997, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2016, item 922 as amended.”


Please submit the required documents by March 13, 2019 via the following FORM.

Applications will be evaluated by a hiring committee led by prof. Izabela Grabowska (Principal Investigator). The committee will create a ranking of the candidates. In case of a large number of well-qualified applicants, a second stage of the recruitment procedure will entail face-to-face interviews at the Youth Research Center, at the SWPS University in Warsaw.

The Recruitment Committee reserves the right to contact only the shortlisted candidates.

The Committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The successful candidate will be announced on March 31, 2019 and will assume job responsibilities on April 1, 2019.


CEEYouth project – Kick off meeting

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Two weeks ago, on the 18 and 19th of November, Youth Research Center hosted the kick-off meeting of the new project “CEEYouth: The comparative study of young migrants from Poland and Lithuania”. The project, coordinated by prof. Izabela Grabowska, is an interdisciplinary study examining risks faced by young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom after the Brexit Referendum vote. During the inaugural meeting researchers from Polish and Lithuanian team had an opportunity to meet in person and discuss further collaboration as well as to consult their ideas with external experts in the field of migration, who joined the extended CEEYouth team.

CEEYouth Team

The meeting was opened on Sunday afternoon by prof. Izabela Grabowska welcoming everybody at SWPS University and by the introductions of the team members. Subsequently, prof. Aleksandra Grzymała-Kazłowska gave a lecture on the concept of anchoring, a pivotal notion in the project’s theoretical framework. The lecture was followed by discussions and conceptual mapping exercise. The first day finished by less formal conversations and tasting excellent food at one of the local restaurants. The second day of the meeting was devoted to the more detailed debates on different components of the project: both qualitative and quantitative. External experts, prof. Louise Ryan from the University of Sheffield and prof. Violetta Parutis from Essex University, shared their experiences in migration research and provided the team with their feedback and suggestions. After the fruitful methodological discussions project’s timeline was developed and some administrative issued was tackled. It seems like we will have a busy winter in order to start fieldwork in spring, before the Brexit date.

If you want to know more about the project, please visit the website.
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