Farewell from the UK, My Polish Friends
A recession-ravaged UK is now saying farewell to our Polish immigrants who are migrating back East to survive.
A recent story in The Sun details how many now unemployed and often homeless Poles are receiving assistance in returning home: every fortnight a free minibus leaves Hammersmith in West London packed
with Poles left destitute after their dream of finding riches here turned sour.
After Poland joined the European Union in 2004, the United Kingdom experienced it's greatest migration ever; an estimated 1.3million Poles moved to Britain and Ireland, creating alot of labour work, but also putting plenty of Britain's finest out of work.
Although the influx of Polish builders, decorators, electricians, and plumbers helped build Britain in the boom years, massive numbers of Poles are now leaving the country because the economy has simply dried up, and the recent 'bust' has taken away their jobs. The exodus back East has not hit mass proportions, but fewer are also migrating West.
In contrast, Poland's economy has had a recent surge. EU figures reveal that unemployment has fallen from 19.7 per cent in 2003 to 6.8 per cent this July, and wages have gone up, now averaging nearly 3,000 zlotys (£660) per month.
Most of the builders admit they were working cash-in-hand as part of Britain's black economy.
More jobs for locals?