Survey: Millions of Poles want work abroad

15th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2007, Warsaw (dpa) - More than 3 million Poles, or 12 per cent of the country's working population, want to seek work abroad in the coming year, according to a poll published by the Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Tuesday. Britain featured tops as a work destination, with 26 per cent of respondents listing the United Kingdom as their first choice. Germany (20 per cent) and Ireland (16 per cent) followed. Employees in many industries in Poland, including construction workers and nurses have already left

15 May 2007

Warsaw (dpa) - More than 3 million Poles, or 12 per cent of the country's working population, want to seek work abroad in the coming year, according to a poll published by the Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Tuesday.

Britain featured tops as a work destination, with 26 per cent of respondents listing the United Kingdom as their first choice. Germany (20 per cent) and Ireland (16 per cent) followed.

Employees in many industries in Poland, including construction workers and nurses have already left to seek better paying jobs in other parts of Europe.

Poland's economic affairs ministry estimated that public revenues shrank by 3.5 per cent between 2005 and 2006 as a result of worker emigration.

According to population statistics, around 370,000 Poles left to work abroad in the past year. The actual number of Poles illegally working abroad is unknown but the figure is estimated at about two million.

Izabela Grabowska-Lusinski, a migration researcher at the University of Warsaw, does not however, see any risk of a mass exodus. "Those are only declarations of intent," she said of the survey data. "Surely that many do not actually leave."

DPA

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