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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Poland population dropped by a million since joining EU

Hundreds of thousands of Poles left their country after EU accession in May 2004 to work in the unrestricted labour markets of Britain and Ireland, with some estimates putting the number working abroad at over two million.

The population of Poland has dropped from 38 million to 36 million and experts now believe that many have no intention of returning.

Professor Krystyna Iglicka, a demographer at the Warsaw Centre for International Relations who has studied Polish, British and Irish migration statistics, believes that up to a million have moved permanently.

"These are people that are already settled. They have jobs and they've set up families, and they don't have any intention of leaving," she told the Daily Telegraph.

The surging growth of the Britain's Polish population is borne out by figures from the UK's Office of National Statistics. Back in 2004 there were only 95,000 Polish-born people living in the UK and Poland came 12th on the list of countries of birth. But by September 2010 the number had jumped to 521,000, and Poland was second only to India. (more)