Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Smuggling as a way of living? Economic strategies and social processes on the periphery of the EU. A case study of the Polish-Russian borderland

Date: April 29 - 30, 2009

Organizers: Mathias Wagner (Bielefeld), Wojciech Łukowski (Warschau), Ulrich Mai (Bielefeld)

The conference based on findings from the research case study 'Border as a Resource: Petty Trade as an Element of Poverty Economy along the new EU Border Between NE Poland and the Russian District of Kaliningrad' funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation. Representatives from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic discussed the social and economic situation in the eastern borderland of the EU. As part of the transformation process in the area a remarkable informal economy developed in which both petty trade and smuggling, i.e. legal and illegal elements, are closely integrated.

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