Because they re in the EU. The UK has around 500,000 Polish speakers. They re one of the largest groups of immigrants in the UK. It mostly started in 2003/2004 when Poland joined the EU. Pre-credit crunch, Poles were beyond loved in the UK. I mean, you had sections of society that were prejudiced but there was nearly inverse racism happening – Poles had a reputation for being friendly, honest and hardworking – for a large portion of the UK, they still do. Poles in the UK became the poster child for all immigrants. I think that this was because Polish immigrants and UK citizens had broadly similar social attitudes. I don t like to generalise but it also helped that Polish women are. nice. I suspect that part of this was a backhanded attack on immigrants from outside the EU – these guys integrated and grafted (worked hard) – why can t you? and that s how it was in the pre-austerity days of 2004-2008. Since then, things have become more divided. The UK has real shortages of talent in some industries and also high unemployment. In the 1970s onwards, Britain moved away from a manufacturing and labour based economy as globalisation happened. The UK s prime minister killed off the unions in the 1980s and some in the midlands and north never really recovered. Britain bailed out the banks, just not the people who saw their industry become unfeasible. Steel and cars were produced in the UK. China and automation saw those industries go into decline. Mining was a huge industry. Increasing costs of yields and cheap natural gas pushed these outside of the UK. Hell, even printing was a huge employer. Computers, software, etc. The service industries were supposed to replace them but these communities lost careers and saw them replaced with scraps. So you have two generations+ of people that have been ignored by successive politicians – even the party that s supposed to represent them – they re just a bit pissed off.
They ve decided that their jobs have gone to immigrants because they ve been told that jobs have gone to immigrants. Maybe there s an element of truth to it – the UK certainly employs a lot of EU workers – but they contribute to the economy and this creates jobs in itself. Jobs are not a finite resource but a cause and symptom of the economic climate. There s no specific advantage that these EU workers have – certainly when compared to illegal non-EU workers – they pay the same taxes, same rent, buy the same food as the rest of us. So to answer your question: Because it s easier for people to accept that the fault lies in someone else than in themselves. Red pillers tell themselves that women are to blame for their life. Bigots tell themselves that people who are different to them are to blame for their life. People who voted to remain in the EU tell themselves that people who voted to leave are uneducated and are to blame for us leaving the EU. Depressed communities with very few opportunities tell themselves that the Poles who moved there and made their own opportunities are to blame for their circumstances. Blame someone else. It s fun.
The Polish \’ mythologyБ about the UK being a land of filled promises and large amounts of money jumping smoothly Б more or less – into Polish pockets (as a Guardian reporter found out back in Poland) is the main reason behind the large Polish immigration in the UK. That is most likely the reason why the Polish immigration in the UK rose from 95,000 in 2004, the year Poland became part of the EU, to 550,000 in 2010. They have become theб second biggest migrant population in Britain. For the Polish populations we could almost say this is the British Dream.
In the same way as numerous of our European ancestors moved to America in search of a better life, б most Poles leave their homeland due to the impossibility of finding a decent, or any job at all. They come here with hoped and dreams of a б better life. They look for jobs that will allow them to make money in order toб send some of it home. Even though Poland is not a developing country where the survival of most of the population is dependent on money remitted from other countries, money is always needed no matter where you live. In 2010, Polish immigrants living in the UK sent around бе600 million back to Poland, with бе3 billion in total being sent to Poland in 2010 from all across the world. Money transfer companies and banks really like Polish people living in the UK as they recognise their typical Pole and his БstubbornnessБ in terms of staying in the country even if his job is not what he came to Britain originally for. About 85% of БBritishБ Poles are employed, however many of them work in positions disproportionate to their tertiary education gained back in Poland. In a random British pub, a pint of your favourite ale can often be served to you by a barman/barwoman with a soft accent who has economic degree from a prestigious Polish university without you knowing that. As a Pole returned from the UK back to Poland, has described to the Guardian: \”Typically, they left Poland five years ago because they couldn\’t find any work here, but they fail to find anything proper there. So they got jobs much below what their education has prepared them for and they spent four or five years of their lives, working in a bar, not getting any experience. What can you do here after four years as a waiter in the UK? \” What do Poles like about the UK anyway and what is holding them up here, for example if they have a bad job?
Is it belief in a better tomorrow? Or simply love for Britain? Speaking generally, the Poles just like the standard of living and the opportunities that they have in the UK that they would not have in Poland. Also, especially young and educated Poles appreciate BritainБs multiculturalism, because Б Poland is very Polish. Б What Poles dislike is British food Б (That, not business opportunities, is the main reason why there are so many Polish БsklepsБ in Britain. ) Most Poles are really missing their homeland and that is why the Polish community is so extensive : Polish grocery shops, Polish dentists (which Poles say are better than the British ones), popular Polish media (content producing in GB or brought or listened back from Poland), Polish beauty salons, Polish restaurants and bars (with Polish vodka). In some parts of the UK, such as in Hammersmith in London, one could have feeling that he is not in England but in PolENd. These small businesses are, however, an important part of Polish immigrant self-identity and are a significant source of remittances to Poland. It is hard to say what will be the next trend of Polish immigration to the UK. Many disappointed Poles have already left the island country and gave up their British dream. However, even though it is in smaller numbers than before the crisis, new Poles do still come to the UK, so the numbers of Poles leaving and arriving are likely to be balanced. But if all or most of the Polish immigrants suddenly went away, as the Government apparently wishes (and that they would make an example to most of UK immigrants), there would probably be a heart-breaking note to the Poles from all British: Б DonБt leave! We would really miss your bread. It is definitely better that the English one. Б