The Polish national conservative government wants to encourage emigrants to return, while the Tories are campaigning for them to stay
How many stay, how many go? Poles, with about one million people the largest national minority in Great Britain, and their reaction to the coming Brexit is a matter of concern for both the British and Polish publics. Polish national conservative government wants them to return, Tories campaign to stay.
The conservative Polish newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" believes that there is a trend toward remigration; only 38 percent of Poles have applied for settled status "settled status" Posed – a kind of compulsory residence permit for the post-Brexit period. Of the Romanians and Bulgarians on the island, 80 percent had already made this request; the procedure must be completed by the end of 2020. The next withdrawal date is scheduled for 31. January w0rden.
Already in the past year 116.000 Poles have left the United Kingdom; the Polish Embassy in London estimates that 80 percent of them have returned to their home country. "Poles want to go home as the pound’s exchange rate falls due to uncertainty around Brexit and because the quality of life in Poland is changing for the better", [Link to says]says the ambassador Arkady Rzegowcki.
The Polish ruling party "Law and justice" (PiS) is currently very anxious for the return of compatriots. Before the elections, which the right-wing conservatives won, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki touted the homecoming and promised more social packages such as a 13. and 14. Pension, as well as a doubling of the minimum wage. The return of Poles from Western European countries is thus becoming a matter of prestige for the Polish government "Change for the better", as the national conservative revolution officially states.
However, the average Polish wage is slightly more than the equivalent of 1000 euros gross, while in the UK it is the equivalent of around 2800 euros gross. Nor has the Polish government presented any concept of how to make it easier for a large number of returnees to return to their old homeland.
While many of the Conservatives in the UK were rather gruff in tone after the 2016 Brexit vote against immigrants who migrated to the UK with EU enlargement from 2004 onwards, this has changed. "Your rights will be defended, whatever happens", Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Poles in the United Kingdom at the end of October. In the new elections, scheduled for 12. December for the House of Commons, the Conservatives under Johnson have so far been leading.
Mark Francois, a member of parliament, recently emphasized the importance of the Polish 303 Division fighter squadron in the 1940 Battle of Britain. A balm for many patriotic inhabitants of the Vistula region.
"I don’t know any company here where Poles don’t work"
The British economy does not seem to want a Brexodus at the moment, Polish workers are needed. "I don’t know any company here where Poles don’t work", says Krzysztof Kotowski, a psychologist in Peterborough, in the agrarian East of England, to Telepolis. Moreover, in contrast to the Romanians and Bulgarians who came later, many Poles had higher positions and had more to lose. But when talking to his patients, he mainly talks about return plans.
"We Poles are specific, we postpone everything", says Jaroslaw Kozminski, editor-in-chief of the Polish exile newspaper Tydzien Polski in London, in response to a question from Telepolis. Many of his compatriots were living in a Polish ghetto in Great Britain, it was important to them above all that the nearer (Polish) environment was right. Kosminski believes Poles will first wait for Brexit and then decide quickly. Thanks to cheap flight deals, Poles are more mobile and not isolated from their homeland for as long as they once were and could compare.
In conversations with Poles, the author of these lines has repeatedly been told different things, from experienced traceable rejection to the absence of any discourtesy. However, the aversion against immigrants seems to be growing in Great Britain. At least on the Internet. The AI start-up based in Gdynia "Samurai Labs" has recorded a 50 percent increase in incitement against Poles in the social media of Great Britain compared to the previous year.
The British police commissioned the Polish specialists to do this research, which was carried out with the "third generation of artificial intelligence" work. Even sarcasm is said to be able to be deciphered by the Polish program. If the aversion of the British is not limited to the social media and becomes noticeable in the everyday life of Poles in the United Kingdom, it can have a decisive impact on the black box of the Latvian population "To go or to stay?" have.