Polish migrant fathers using parental leave in Norway


  • Brita Bungum Norwegian University of Science and Technology https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1064-3133
  • Elin Kvande Professor at Department of Sociology and Political Science Norwegian University of Science and Technology




Care practices, immigrant father’s, care regime, earmarked leave.


Objective: This article explores how the Norwegian care regime impacts Polish migrant fathers' caring practices.

Background: The present study illustrates the importance of context sensitive research when describing the consequences of migration from migratory-source countries in Eastern Europe. When a father’s labor migration takes place in an institutional context with a care regime which includes earmarked parental leave rights for fathers, it can result in the father having more time with his children.

Method: To gain insight into fathers' experiences, in-depth research interviews were carried out with Polish fathers of young children. The majority of the informants live in Norway with their children and partners.

Results: A main strength of the present study is the illustration of context-sensitive research when describing the consequences of migration from migratory-source countries in Eastern Europe.

Conclusion: The findings in this article show how earmarked leave provides opportunities for the migrant fathers to be accessible and responsible and to interact with their child. These caring practices result in fathers bonding with their children and learning how to care for them. In addition, the migrant fathers experience emotional gains.


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How to Cite

Bungum, B., & Kvande, E. (2022). Polish migrant fathers using parental leave in Norway. Journal of Family Research, 34(3), 912–931. https://doi.org/10.20377/jfr-753