Lorraine Waller

About Lorraine Waller

Lorraine Waller is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. She is currently working on two projects on educational inequalities and social stratification – one on education and social mobility in the UK, and another European comparative project on social origins and educational attainment. She received a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton in 2011, with her thesis focusing on fertility and family formation patterns amongst recent migrants to the UK.

Is the Fertility of Polish Women Higher in the UK than in Poland?

Following EU accession of the “EU8”[1] countries in 2004, we have witnessed large scale immigration from Poland to the United Kingdom (UK). Immigration levels peaked in 2007, but the size of the Polish population remains large. In 2012, there were approximately 646,000 Polish individuals living in the UK, Poland was the second most common non-UK country of birth, and Polish the most common non-UK nationality[2].

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