Poles Go Home

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 115 months ago
Poles Go Home
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The Times thought so back in February and now today the BBC piles in with how Mrs Uminska got fed up with London life and declares the the tide of Polish immigration to the UK, specifically to London, is now turning.

Mrs Uminska came to work in London to earn better money than she would at home in Warsaw and to improve her English. She doesn't moan about her nursing home job or about how she was treated in London as a Polish immigrant but cites the strain it put on her relationship with her son as the main reason she decided to return to Poland. The Times emphasises the upturn in the Polish economy as a strong motivator for the trend reversal which is now seeing returning Polish nationals outnumber those giving London a bash.

All perfectly sensible reasons but we're more inclined to lay blame at the heaving bosom of Mills & Boon, whose recent exploitation of the UK Polish market surely means a cultural nadir for our economic migrant friends.

Thankfully, a wider range of Polish literature is available in W5 for those wishing to stick it out.

Image of multiculturalism in the heart of Mayfair courtesy of garryknight's Flickrstream.

Last Updated 30 April 2008

TimmyD

I live about 60 seconds away from that Polish bookshop in Ealing. It's proof that no matter what's happening to the Polish immigration numbers overall, there's still a healthy community here in west London. It started as a small Polish deli on the High Street a few years ago that did so well they needed to move to bigger digs a few doors down about a year ago. At the same time they opened the Polish bookshop downstairs.

And if you're coming this far, you might as well go to Café Grove for a tasty bite of Polish food.