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Rise in job migration from Poland in 2010


An estimated 1.99 million Poles were temporary residents abroad in 2010, according to preliminary estimates from the Central Statistical Office (GUS). This was up by 120,000 or 6.4% from 2009 and marked the first increase in the number of expatriates since 2007 (though the Office believes the 2009 figure, 1.87m, may have been understated). The result may appear surprising given that Poland was the only EU economy to avoid recession in 2009 and enjoyed strong GDP growth in 2010.

Of the total number of temporary residents abroad in 2010, approximately 1.615m (81%) were in EU countries (up by 2.9%). The United Kingdom remained the number one destination for the fifth straight year, with 560,000 Polish temporary residents, up by 0.9% on 2009 but down from a peak of 690,000 in 2007. Germany stayed second with a 9.6% increase to 455,000 (but the figure is still below the high point of 490,000 in 2007-2008). Ireland came a distant third with 125,000 (down by 10.7% and compared with 200,000 in 2007).

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