Poland emigration figures on the rise

The number of Polish people living outside of Poland is approaching record levels, according to new data.

As yet unpublished figures from Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), suggest that just over 2 million Poles were living abroad. At the close of 2012, states the Rzeczpospolita Daily. This represents 70,000 more than in 2011 and 130,000 in 2010.

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The figures suggest that around 1.5 million Poles living abroad are below the age of 39 and that 726,000 are between 25 and 34, meaning that many young Poles are leaving the country to seek their fortune abroad – a statistic that will no doubt concern many who foresee a future worker shortage due to the country’s rapidly ageing population.

However, despite the recent exodus, emigration levels in Poland are still below the three period following the country’s accession into the EU in 2004. By 2007, a record high 2.27 million Poles were living abroad, with the UK and Germany their favoured destinations.

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