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Gendered work and leisure mobilities of Polish migrants in the North East of England

Basagaitz Guereno-Omil (Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain)
Gergina Pavlova-Hannam (Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK)
Kevin Hannam (Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 5 February 2018

Issue publication date: 1 November 2019




Contemporary mobilities research has demonstrated a fundamental blurring between work, leisure and tourism practices for migrants as they seek to construct new lifestyles whilst maintaining connections with their homelands. The purpose of this paper is to present some of the results of a research project that analysed the work and leisure experiences of Polish migrants living in the North East of England using a mobilities theoretical approach. In this paper, the authors focus on the reasons influencing their migration and their leisure and tourism mobility practices.


The results are based upon a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods gathering a sample of 90 questionnaires and 11 focus groups.


Based upon a statistical analysis of the questionnaires using SPSS and textual analysis applied to the focus group transcriptions, different gendered work, leisure and tourism mobilities were identified relating to family attachments and social ties.

Research limitations/implications

The authors argue that seemingly mundane leisure and tourism practices can often be a catalyst for greater mobility, and this mobility has significant gender dimensions.


This paper thus provides new insights into the interweaving of different gendered work and leisure mobility practices based upon empirical findings of Polish migrants to the North East of England.



Guereno-Omil, B., Pavlova-Hannam, G. and Hannam, K. (2019), "Gendered work and leisure mobilities of Polish migrants in the North East of England", Tourism Review, Vol. 74 No. 5, pp. 1025-1037.



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