Views on Post Schengen Migration to the UK.

imageBelow are a variety of articles relating to European migration since the UK signed up to the Schengen Agreement as part of their membership of the EU. You will be allocated an article to read and you then write a 50 word summary which you will post as a comment. You must then follow the blog comments and pose questions to your classmates regarding their posts. You will of course have to answer questions too.

1. This is a link to the history of Polish migration to the UK.

2. There are details on the extent of polish migration on polishmigration.co.uk

3. Here the Daily Telegraph explains some of the reasons Polish migrants find the UK so appealing.

4.This article reveals why some migrants are returning home.

5. This article from the Daily Mail explains that Polish return home is a myth.

6. This is a link to a discussion on the forum Mumsdotnet which points to problems with Polish migrants. Beware there is strong language here.

7. Here the Spectator describes that some issues with Polish migrants are a myth.

8. The next group of migrants that have begun to arrive in are Romanians and Bulgarians. The Huffington Post explains.

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15 thoughts on “Views on Post Schengen Migration to the UK.

    • A polish immigration expert is arguing that Polish people living in the UK are not returning to Poland, despite claims that they were. She believes a million Poles still live in the UK. There was a fall in the money sent back to Poland from the Poles living in the UK in 2009, which the professor claims was purely because of tough economic times, rather than the reduction of the numbers of Polish people in the UK. The Polish Central Statistic Office reinforces what the professor is saying, by showing that the number of Poles working abroad only fell slightly in 2008. Another point the professor makes is that if there had been such a large number of Polish people leaving the UK to go back to Poland, then there would have been an increased unemployment rate in Poland, which has not occurred.

  1. This is from a Wikipedia page on ‘poles In the uk’

    Most poles arrived in 2004 after the enlargement of the European Union, Polish is now the 2nd most spoken language in England.

    By the end of 2007 however there has been stronger economic growth in Poland reducing the economic incentive for poles to migrate to the uk. Labour shortages in Poland have also contributed reduced the number of poles migrating.

      • yes– in poland there has been a shortage in workers in sectors such as construction, IT and financial due to the increased emigration.

        A Polish magazine, ‘polytica’ launched a stay in poland campaign, supplying scholarships of £5000 to young academics who either stayed in poland to work or immigrated back to the country.

  2. Polish is the most commonly spoken non-native language in England and Wales. Over half a million Polish born people now l Iive here, even times more than in 2003 – when there was just 75,000. Lots of Polish communities have accumulated in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham and Slough. Lots of supermarkets now stock Polish food, there are specific Polish churches and some road signs have even been translated into Polish. Polish people have migrated to the UK du to Poland’s lower GDP, high unemployment rate an lower minimum wage.

  3. More and more people from Poland are returning to their homeland due to the recession in the UK, and therefore the economic gap between the two countries has closed. The exchange rate has also closed from 7 Polish zlotys to the pound to just 4.7. So financially, polish people are finding they may as well stay at home, especially since the average wage has doubled in Poland, so the number of polish immigrants moving to the UK has slowed down.

  4. Views on post Schengen migration to the uk:
    Newspapers such as ‘the times’ and ‘Sunday express’ believe immigration is ruining the UK with more then 14000 poles claiming unemployment benefits and 807 of them behind British bars.

  5. The majority of polish immigrate to the uk for economic reasons , most of immigrants are working age (60% of immigrants are between 24 and 35 years old) 40% also have a university degree. Another common characteristic is that they have few responsibilities and potentially high disposable income, however recently more dependants (without work eg elderly/children) have immigrated. There are many polish communities around UK, in London they’re based around Ealing and Hammersmith. Up north they tend to be in cities including Manchester and Bradford. There is also thought to be 40,000-50,0000 polish are living in Scotland. The majority of polish workers are earning a living in agriculture and light industry.

  6. 60% of the Polish immigrants to the UK are a working age (24-35) and 40% have a university degree, and come to make money in the UK on a short term basis. As they are young, they potentially have high disposable income, but dependants have also arrived in the UK who intend to settle here. London (specifically Hammersmith) has a large Polish community, but the migration has spread to areas such as the midlands (to earn a living in agriculture) and up into Manchester, Leeds and Scotland.

    • Well done Polly, this is a very good summary. This very much fits the profile we have talked about in class. To what extent do you have contact with the Polish community?

  7. Most of the Polish immigration in the UK has been for economic reasons and many have come to make money on a short-term basis, and then return home. Thus the majority of the Polish immigrants to be of working age- over 60% of Polish immigrants in the UK were from the ages of 24 to 35 years. Polish immigrants tend to have a lot of disposable income because they are young, perhaps single, and have few responsibilities.
    However, more Polish people have decided to settle and immigrate who are dependents. 36,000 out of 427,000 who entered the UK from 2004-2006, were dependents.
    The migration of Polish communities has spread to other parts of the country, not just London, in areas such as the Midlands, Manchester and Leeds. As well as other communities found in the Northampton, Sheffield, and Bolton, a surprising 40,000-50,000 Poles are estimated to be living in Scotland. Polish workers immigrate to these places to earn a living in agriculture and light industry.

    • This is a good summary Gabrielle, very well explained. Do you think that there is any case for trying to restrict the number of dependents who enter the country?

  8. The media, since 2006, have spent alot of time talking about the the masses of Bulgarians and Romanians ‘flooding’ into Britain taking British jobs. Inhabitants of these countries have served as scape goats to disguis the larger structural problems in the British economy that goes far beyond debates on migration. Headlines such as this ‘300,000 will arrive here in the first 20 months’ after the two countries’ accession to the EU (The Daily Mail, May 15 2006) litter our papers, when the reality is that On average, 10,000 Romanians and Bulgarians arrived in Britain every year between 2007 and 2011. And, in contrary to this the number of Bulgarians returning has been increasing, from 9,500 in 2006 to 15,300 in 2008 and 23,800 in 2010. So we should stop blaming these people for our unsettled economy as they are legally qualified to be here and they pay taxes which do ultimately contribute to the British economy

    • This is a really interesting comment Georgie, you have picked up some interesting points. You are certainly right to say that people tend to focus on the number of immigrants rather the the emigrants who get very little coverage. Why do you they are deciding to head home?

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