For the first time in almost ten years, more Polish labor migrants have returned from the United Kingdom than have arrived. The UK is thus losing its status as the most popular EU country among Polish workers in Germany.
The Brexit and a well-functioning Polish economy, among other things, mean that fewer Poles work in the United Kingdom. For example, 85,000 Poles left the UK in the past period.
The number of Poles currently working in the UK is nearly 695,000, while there are more than 706,000 Poles in Germany. This makes Germany the most popular country among Polish labor migrants in the EU for the first time since 2006. Other popular destinations include France, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Almost two and a half million Poles currently work in other EU countries, according to figures from a Polish statistical office in Warsaw. Poland has a great need for manpower, so the unemployment rates are currently almost as low as during the communist era. For that reason, many cheap workers are coming less and less from Poland.
For example, in recent years workers from EU states such as Romania and Bulgaria have been able to find work outside national borders more often.