The number of Poles who have emigrated from the country for a decade exceeds two million. However, according to GUS estimates, this number is slowly declining for the second year in a row. This is mainly due to returns from the UK, which will leave the EU at the end of the year.
- The Central Statistical Office provided estimates of immigration from Poland. It shows that the number of Poles living abroad has been decreasing for two years
- However, the total number of immigrants still exceeds two million people
- The largest groups of immigrants from Poland are Germany and Great Britain
- GUS estimates differ from published data, among other things from the UK Home Office
- More such information can be found on the home page of Onet.pl
2 million 415 thousand Poles lived outside Poland at the end of 2019. – Stems from the estimates of the Central Bureau of Statistics. That’s 1.6 percent. or 40 you Someone less than at the end of 2018.
The drop in the number of Poles in exile last year is the second in a row recorded by the Central Statistical Office. The number of Polish immigrants in 2018 was 95 thousand less than in 2017. Persons.
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The apparent declines in the statistics are mainly caused by the British decision to leave the European Union – Within two years, the islands called 115 thousand. our citizens.
GUS estimates differ from British data
According to estimates provided by the Central Statistics Office, 678,000 people still live in the British Isles. pillars. But this is an underestimated number – by the end of June 2020, applications for settled status will allow you to live and work legally in the UK post-Brexit by close to 720,000. pillars. They made up the largest national group out of a total of about 3.5 million applications. the second, Roman citizens, who made just over 600,000; and the third, the Italians, with 372,000. requests.
But this does not mean that the data of the Central Bureau of Statistics should be treated as incorrect. They are, as the office itself points out, mere respect. This has been done for years on the basis of the same sources, which may provide, for example, reliable information about the downward trend of immigration from Poland. Compared to the peak period, i.e. 2017, when more than 2.5 million people remained in exile, it decreased by 125 thousand. people, which means a 5 percent decrease.
Migration in numbers
The latest GUS estimates also provide information on the most common trends of Polish immigration. For two years now, Germany has been at the top of the list of countries with the largest number of Poles, having overtaken the United Kingdom. But they also face a slight influx of Poles – there were 2,000 fewer during the year. And at the end of 2019, 704,000 people were living with our western neighbors. pillars.
List of countries where most immigrants from Poland live:
- Germany 704,000
- United Kingdom .678000
- Netherlands 125000
- Ireland 112000
- Italy 88000
- Norway 88000
- France 63000
- Belgium 53000
- Sweden 51000
- Austria 41000
At the other end of the list is Portugal with 1,000. Immigrants from Poland and Finland with 3,000. and Greece with 7 thousand
Interestingly, the year 2019 analyzed shows a decrease in almost all EU countries except the Netherlands, where 2,000 people arrived. pillars. Norway is the second country on the list to record an increase in the number of immigrants from Poland. There, as in the case of Holland, the increase amounted to two thousand. From the point of view of statistics maintained by the Central Statistical Office, it is the only country outside the European Union analyzed in which the Polish population has increased.
We are leaving for work
“As in previous years, the main reason for traveling abroad was the desire to work there. This is indicated by the results of Polish statistical surveys conducted in families– The Central Statistical Office confirmed in its publication that among the people who officially reported the departure there were people aged 30-39, while a decade ago it was a group of 20-29 years old.
On this basis, it can be concluded that these are immigrants who have stayed abroad since they first left Poland.
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