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I'm a Polish immigrant. And I'm not going back to Poland.

plg 17 | 263  
11 Sep 2006 /  #31
im always posting
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
12 Sep 2006 /  #32
Quoting: Matyjasz, Post #37
Just two out of many topics that polish people like to discuss.

pretty boring?

I would say it depends on your conversational partner. :)

I couldn't imagine xmas without sunshine...mmmm

Now that’s quite interesting. I want to hear more about it.
lef 11 | 478  
12 Sep 2006 /  #33
Now that’s quite interesting. I want to hear more about it.

Its what your used to, I've always enjoyed the xmas period during summer, although I spent one xmas in poland during winter which was great.

Don't forget there weren't too many snowmen throwing snow when the boss was born..mmmm
krysia 23 | 3,057  
12 Sep 2006 /  #34
im always posting

Noooo......., really????
Debianco 19 | 111  
15 Oct 2007 /  #35
the world is a big place which so much opportunity so much more movement-let people be free to choose where they work and live for whatever their reason-some will love poland and return some will prefer there choosen country-as long as you are happy does it matter what anyone else thinks-its normally jealousy that causes negative comments. and of coures there will always be rich poor and inbetween-thats life
15 Oct 2007 /  #36
I have met few couples abroad, and I saw how they suffered because their children didn't share their affection towards Poland.

I was working in a different part of my work to normal and met a woman who had been here for over 30 years, married to her Scottish husband. My friend asked what nationallity she was and she said a mix between Scottish and Polish. Her accent was mostly Glasgwegian, tinged with her Polish accent only slightly, not surprising to me since she had been in this country longer than I have (since I'm only 19).

What did surprise me was when I was asking about her children. I knew they were born in Scotland - but I asked if they spoke any Polish if they had been to visit Poland before and she answered no to both. "They're not interested," she said.

I think that if that was my own situation, I'd be saddened that the country I was born in and grew up in was of no interest to my children at all. She looked like she couldn't care less. She then also told me that before Poland became part of the EU and Polish people started to come into the country, she hadn't even met another Pole in all the time she'd been here - and had to get used to using the language again once she did. She had forgotten a lot. I said that I thought it must have felt good for her to be able to speak with other Poles again, but again she looked like she could care less and shrugged.

I can see why it would matter to some though, for I can't imagine it not mattering to me.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
15 Oct 2007 /  #37
I asked if they spoke any Polish if they had been to visit Poland before and she answered no to both. "They're not interested," she said.

Interest in one's (lost) heritage is something that often grows with age.
15 Oct 2007 /  #38
her eldest son was in his twenties - I would have thought surely by then. Maybe his child will be on here some day as Matyjasz says:

But then again, maybe their grandchildren will visit some day this forum in order to get some information’s about the strange country their grandpa was always talking about

(well with the amendment grandpa - grandmother.)
pudddddin 7 | 48  
15 Oct 2007 /  #39
My boyfriend is Polish lives in the UK and he loves it there, but he does miss Poland a lot because of his friends and family - I am originally british and i live in Poland because i am a teacher of English. I think in the future we may live in Poland together, but my boyfriend makes a good point (and an unfortunate one!) - there are better oppurtunities for Poles abroad than in Poland itself! My boyfriend has no formal qualifications, but a lot of experience working with computers - so he has a decent job in the UK. If he had of come to Pland with e he prob would have ended up working in a factory for a poor wage. For this reason I don;t blame Poles for wanting to live abroad!!
Lord Flasheart  
15 Nov 2007 /  #40
Hi All

I'm a Brit, I have a Japanese wife who has been living with me in the UK for the last 8 years, but next month we're leaving to live in Japan (I'll be an immigrant for the first time). I apologise in advance because some of these words may seem provacative but are not intended to be so.

I strongly believe that Britain is heading for bad times as far as immigration goes. Figures released today show that in 2006 510,000 foreign nationals came to live in the UK for more than a year and the numbers have been steadily rising over the past ten years (this number doesn't take illegals into account).

The press have picked up public sentiment and they are pushing it. I believe this has only become possible since the A8 countries joined Europe and added a 'white' element to mass immigration. It is far easier to be critical of white migrants than non-white migrants because it means the race issue is more easily navigated. Simply put, other europeans are easier targets.

But it's all about scale. There are tens of thousands of Poles coming to the UK looking for work or a new life and if that was the whole story I'm sure it would be something to be celebrated. It's when you add in the tens of thousands of Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, South Africans, Nigerians, Bangladeshis, Lithuanians - people from all over the world, etc etc that you have to accept that a country as small as the UK is struggling to cope. It would also be different if that 510,000 figure was a one off event, but it's happening every year and the voices on the street and peoples homes are changing rapidly.

I hope the government can get to grips with the numbers quickly, and I hope that the UK continues to be a place that welcomes people regardless of the background, but I think if immigration continues at it's current levels you will see a rise in Xenophobia and ultimately a violent outcome.

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