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Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

Why is it that you think that whatever you see in your corner of London is in any way representative of the UK as a whole?

Romanians and Bulgarians cannot work until they are issued with a Home Office work permit. Employers do not issue them. The Home Office do.

Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

"Why is it that you think that whatever you see in your corner of London is in any way representative of the UK as a whole?"

Because London has the largest Polish population in the UK and is therefore reasonably representative of what is happening elsewhere.

I had a Bulgarian temp working for me officially through an agency back in 2006/07 - not quite sure how she got around the regs but she had an official work permit so can't be that difficult if you go down official routes (as stats below show given thousands registered). The hotel agency I referred to is run by Romanians and has many romanian staff. Romanians & bulgarians have been able to officially work in the UK since last year (with the restrictions such as requiring letter from employer to be registered with home office).

some stats

Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

"Because London has the largest Polish population in the UK and is therefore reasonably representative of what is happening elsewhere. "

I lived in the UK for several years and own property there even now.

I don't think that London is representative of anywhere in Britain. Are there any British living there at all??? I certainly didn't see many white faces on my last visit

London is an immigrant city.

Places like Gloucester, Hampshire and Dorset are what I consider to be English.

I think B&G need work permits, just like Pakistanis and Africans do to work LEGALLY in England.

Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

You're entirely missing the point Hans nowt to do with london being representative of english population in the UK......

You come closest to the point in this statement :
"London is an immigrant city."

Expanding on this, therefore it is highly representative of immigrant populations in the UK. As it has by far the highest concentration of Poles in the UK it is highly representative of Polish populations in the UK in general, other than you get more professional Poles working in London and increased manual labourers working outside.


If you read the attached link you will see that thousands of bulg & romanians have obtained permits....I'd say official stats stating that 10,000 permits issued in just the first half of 2007 is quite a material amount when projected to date. Those are as you say the figures of those who work "legally". The illegal count is likely to be much higher. There must also be plenty of ukrainians and russians working illegally as I doubt anyone from the home is checking building sites to see who is legal and who is not....

relevant extract from the link above :

"Between April and June of this year, 3,990 Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were granted access to the labor market, down 21 percent from the 5,075 that were granted access in the first quarter of 2007.

The figures included those registered as self-employed and self-sufficient. An additional 3,980 were issued permits for the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS)."

Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

London has the largest Polish population in the UK.

Slough, Peterborough, Bristol, Brighton, Colchester????

Huge Polish comunites. Romanians cannot work in the UK without work permits, we turn many away every week.

Poles who are 'village idiots' with no education are leaving, they don't really fit into society in Polish towns so struggle here. They return to Poland, Poles with half a brain stay, many buy property in Poland and rent it out, often the income goes to family back home.

London is no more a good example of the UK as Warsaw is of Poland, I remember a certain American Pole that disapeared from the forum, had seen Warsaw and thought he knew everything about Poland.

I agree than most brits hear a slavic language and think it Polish, but chances are 99% they are right.

Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

"London is no more a good example of the UK as Warsaw is of Poland"

As it has the largest contingent of brits working there, Warsaw is probably the most representative of the english community in Poland. In the same way London is most representative of the Polish community in the UK. Poles usually arrive in London so you get all those who pass through here too usually staying a night or two when they get here. The Midlands prob have the second largest settlement.

Anyway many Poles are leaving for various reasons and Romanians and Bulgarians are taking the jobs - legally or not (I didn't say they don't need a permit, but who is checking?). It will be a gradual thing and many Poles will stay particularly those who have married someone non Polish while here. But the mass influx seems to be abating in favour of other nationalities. There will probably be a fair bit of coming and going for quite a while. But I'd say in five years time you won't see the levels of Poles we see today. Unless that is British companies carry on enticing them here......I predict a huge drive to recruit Polish builders and engineers from Poland for the Olympic work. I know that there is a shortage of skills in the London industry, particularly engineering.

Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

"As it has the largest contingent of brits working there, Warsaw is probably the most representative of the english community in Poland."

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Re: Tide turns as Poles end great migration

"London is no more a good example of the UK as Warsaw is of Poland"

Very true.