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Emigration: Poles headed home from Britain

Emigration: Poles headed home from Britain

From Warsaw Business Journal

by John Young

A weakening pound and slowing economy in Britain are driving Poles back to a booming Poland

After flooding the British market with cheap labor, fueling an economic boom, Poles are starting to head home. A surge in Poland's economy, the strengthening z�oty and shrinking unemployment are encouraging Poles to return to their homeland, according to analysts.

The latest statistics from the British Home Office showed that a total of 38,680 Poles signed Britain's register of migrant workers in the third quarter of last year - a drop of 18-percent on the previous year.

Kamil Kajetanowicz, an expert on macroeconomics at the Adam Smith Research Institute, told WBJ that the stronger z�oty means Poles are finding their UK salaries worth much less back in Poland. He also warned that the level of unemployment could rise as Poles return.

Hard figures on the number of Poles leaving Britain do not exist. There are no embarkation monitors on EU members, so Poles are not counted as they come and go from the UK. But Polish officials, British employment agencies and the Polish media believe that the tide of immigration has turned, claimed London's The Times newspaper.

The Poles' return is being sparked by a relatively weak pound and tightening economic conditions in Britain, as Poland, meanwhile, experiences an unprecedented economic surge, Krzysztof Trepczy�ski, Minister for Economic Development at the Polish Embassy in London, told The Times. "At the end of last year we saw the tipping point," Trepczynski said. "It's a real change. There are now definitely more Poles going back to Poland."

According to the British Home Office's statistics, since Poland joined the EU in 2004, 274,065 Poles have signed up for work permits in Britain. They make up 66 percent of all applications from Eastern European countries.

Re: Emigration: Poles headed home from Britain

The register of migrant workers is not accurate. Few Poles register on this. Perhaps 1 in 4 or 5.

Re: Emigration: Poles headed home from Britain

There are less in London. More other Eastern Euro languages heard these days. People come and go.