Polish migrations

Several millions of Poles prefer to stay abroad rather than return to home country during the time of crisis.The fact that statistics on the Polish migrations in recent years are too low, say openly, even those who left. They estimate that at least in the Great Britain number of Polish immigrants is two times higher than official figures show it, and up to 1 million people. Moreover, they admit that with the start of the crisis many of immigrants began to leave Britain but not for returning to the home country but to another state, looking for a better job .

 According to research, at the end of 2008, number of Polish immigrants was up to 2,21 million. Due to data almost one – fifth Polish people had been working abroad during last years. And the number of  trips is not decreasing. Despite the fact that first boom of exile is over, it’s certain that in the future the wave of departure is not going to let up. Immigrants say that the reason is simple – it’s better to live abroad and have a sense of economic security, even if someone is working below his qualifications and calmly preparing language skills to work in his proffession, rather than taking part in Polish rat race and never being sure about a job.

For working abroad are searching mainly young Poles, better educated than the general public. The half of them have less than 29 years old and this fact is the main and most acutely loss for Polish economy situation.


2 thoughts on “Polish migrations

  1. Leaving the known and apparently hopeless situation and search for the better in the foreign as soon as the economic situation goes worse,is in my opinion a common phenomenon and occures in every country and every social class, of course sometimes more distinctive somtimes less.
    But especially now with the economic crisis, unemployed, less educated people get more frustrated, more hopeless. So, in their mind other countries become elated and are seen as a great oportunity to start at zero.
    The same happens to well educated, young people, who just finished studies, but the companies are just not able to afford to employ them. It’s the next logical reaction, if it’s not working out in the direct surrounding, you go further and expand your search for work.
    On the one hand, migration is good for the labor markets, because it affects competition, but on the other hand it is exactly as hard to find employment as it is in the country of origin.

  2. If all the young and educated people leave the country, the government does something completely wrong.
    I think, there two ways to face the problem.
    Firstly, the government has to take some positive actions to make it more interesting for the youth to stay, e.g. better social security or higher minimum wage.
    Or secondly, there have to come -as a consequence- more foreign people to fill up the gap. It is likely that these immigrants are people from other poorer european countries, for example Bulgaria or Romania.
    So actually there is just a displacement of workers. The poor follow the opportunty of earning more than in their own countries. Polish people go to the UK and the bulgars are going to Poland.


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