Over 500 thousand Polish passport holders live in the UK

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Today’s papers quote the Office for National Statistics which claims that

“Between the year ending December 2003 and the year ending September 2010 the Polish-born population of the UK increased from 75,000 to 521,000″

It also claims that in recent times immigration of Polish people has declined:

Immigration was highest in 2007 at 96,000 Polish citizens, but this declined to 39,000 in 2009. Emigration has also decreased from 54,000 to 29,000 over the same time period.

But what’s really interesting are the employment figures:

In the first quarter of 2011 an estimated 82.1 per cent of Poles aged 16 to 64 were in employment, compared with a rate of 70.7 per cent for the UK as a whole.

Which to me suggests most people still come to work, and not to claim benefits as some would make you believe. I won’t go into detail how various papers decided to interpret the data – those of you who live in the UK can probably guess. Some of them claim that many Poles decide to return to the UK after failing to find jobs back in Poland.

Have you noticed a new influx of Polish migrants? Are the above figures credible – and more importantly, do they bother you?

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4 thoughts on “Over 500 thousand Polish passport holders live in the UK

  1. I’m in the US and actually see less Polish immigrants coming over the past few years. I actually know some people who were going to a few years ago, came on a temporary work visa, and decided against it. “All you do is work work work here with nothing to do after for fun!”, I’ve heard some say. And I agree.

    I have also noticed a reverse affect. I now see Polish people working on moving BACK to Poland from the USA. Even my brother and I are working on reclaiming our Polish citizenships, and I am also working to claim my two daughters citizenships.

    My father plans to probably retire to Poland, since he can live better there than in the USA. As decent as his income was and as unbelievably hard as he worked, if he stays in the USA, he will have to take a part time job when he retires to make ends mean, which is shameful.

    My husband visited Poland on our honeymoon and now wants to move to Poland desperately and is not Polish in any way shape or form.

    Anyway, to anyone complaining about immigrants “leeching” off the system, those are the complaints by the misinformed in every country about every wave of immigrants. And it’s called the EU. They should not have supported England or whatever country joining the EU if they had such a problem with it’s rules.

  2. A debateable point, the original common market which we joined in 1973 transformed into the EEC and now the EU, I love the Poles, great people but if there was a referendum on EU membership, I would say the vast majority of British people would vote to leave, it is one thing trading with other countries and accepting a manageable number of migrants, my own partner is Polish, I see both sides but the EU has eroded our National identity and controls just about every aspect of our daily lives, every country should preserve their own culture, the EU is destructive and in my opinion, UK has nothing to benefit from by staying in this corrupt organisation.

  3. I think that both, UK and Poland can benefit from staying in European Union. Look how united Germany benefitted from EU, now it has the strongest economy of all members. Poland still produces emimigrants but it has own immigrants too, including UK citizens. Regarding Polish re – migrants or returning immigrants it is true. I have family in the US and I used to live there. People come back for various reasons and they claim Polish citizenships. My cuisins come here sometimes only to use our public health care. There is labor law in Poland that protects emloyees, the country is beautiful and it has interesting culture and architecture. You can live in Poland better than anywhere else but the main problem on job market is disparity in income level between ordinary employees and managers. Managers earn more than in UK and U.S. managers but normal employess or even educated specialists less than those in UK. That produced immigration in the past and has been harmful to country’s economy. I wish Poland could have so egalitarian income distribution as Canada or Norway has (US is not a good example and it causes different social conflicts in this country). Hopefully, people will elect governemnt in the fututre that will be working on this and will atract all Polish educated immigrants back to Poland.

  4. The UK gains a lot, when we are able to have Polish people. It also means that people like me are able to live and work with no bother in Germany and Poland, as I have done.

    The EU “controls just about every aspect of our daily lives”? That’s just Daily Mailesque hysteria.

    In any case, culture changes all the time, with or without the EU. When one considers that, say, many people in Britain listen to music or watch television programmes from the US, when one sees that many footballers come from outside of GB (and are largely better), when one can see that art has always been influenced by movements outside of GB, or when one can see that the religions of GB (to name just a few, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism) have their roots away from GB one sees that it is impossible to put borders on culture. Even if GB closed all its borders it would still be influenced by movements abroad, like Poland was pre-1989.

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