Number of Poles in UK increases from 75,000 in 2003 to 532,000 by end of 2010
26th August 2011: Poles continue to be lured by the UK. The number of Polish people living in the UK has, in fact, increased from 75,000 in 2003 to 532,000 at the end of 2010.
ONS figures net migration from the A8 countries also increased to 39,000 from 5,000 in 2009.
The Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are eight of the 10 countries to join the European Union in 2004.
The figures go on to suggest that approximately two in three of all A8 citizens to migrate to the UK have been Polish.
The figures also suggest the number of Poles working in the UK between April and June was up by 15 per cent from January to March and touched the 449,888 mark.
The statistics also indicates the Poles are more enterprising and eager to work than the UK population. Over four in five Poles, in the age group of 16 and 64, were working, compared with just seven in 10 of the UK population during the second quarter of 2011.
These official figures hit the spot when they reveal the increase in the community’s numbers – after many spoke of a mass return to an economically florid Poland after the 2008 crisis. Readership of The Polish Observer suggested otherwise.
They’re not so convincing however when it comes to the total figure. I don’t think we’d be altogether off the mark if we estimated a population of double that figure.
"These figures are not accurate," comments Janusz Mlynarski, editor-in-chief of The POlish Observer. "Information on the number of Polish immigrants in the UK comes from official statistics, which do not include the Poles working in Britain illegally, and these may even be half a million, but there is no guarantee that this is true because it is not possible to quantify. One thing is certain – nearly three million Poles went abroad between 2004 and 2010."