`A million Polish migrants still in Britain’

`No evidence of their leaving Britain’

22 January 2010: Reacting to the assertion by the Migration Policy Institute that more than half Polish Eastern Europeans, who had come to the UK since 2004 had left, a Polish migration expert has asserted no evidence of the same can be seen. 

Prof Krystyna Iglicka of Warsaw’s Centre for International Affairst has asserted a million Polish migrants are still in Britain. The estimates for Poles working abroad rather registered an increase consistently until 2008, when it registered a slight dip.

The Migration Policy institute had estimated approximately 1.5million, mostly Polish Eastern Europeans, had come to the UK since 2004. The Institute is an independent think tank in Washington, which analyses of the movement of people worldwide.

Prof Iglicka says they do not see them in Poland. Referring to Polish research, which indicated to  the contrary, she said the figures since 2008 showed only 22,000 returned at Polish labour offices, which they would have to transfer benefits owned abroad.

Even as the report comes, there is enough to suggest migrant workers, the ones from Eastern Europe, mostly from Poland, are yet to be provided with requisite assistance.

Half of visitors to a crisis drop-in centre for the homeless in Edinburgh comprise migrants from the Eastern Europe. According to charity Streetwork, approximately half of the 80 to 100 visitors are migrants. Its centre serves hot food, gives advice provides a night shelter during the summer.

A majority of the migrants only need help for short period between jobs and move on to new employment and private accommodation. But the homelessness organisations apprehend on the street are often not getting the requisite help.
Streetwork asserts their circumstances of homeless vary; they may have come to the UK after being promised a job only to find that no such job exists; or have had their passports stolen.

Those visiting Streetwork find out the details of the centre through word of mouth or Polish websites. They often secure new jobs and accommodation within a few weeks of arriving.

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