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Who's thinking of moving to Poland?


Polanglik 11 | 303  
14 Nov 2007 /  #1
With all the talk about Poles coming over to Britain in recent years, it would be interesting to see how many people who are native to Britain are thinking of moving to Poland permanently in the next few years.

In my frequent visits to Poland I run into many English & Irish, although not many Welsh or Scots who have decided to make Poland their permanent home.

You don't really have to be a native Brit to join this thread, but I thought that would be a good starting point.

What is/are the major factor(s) in your decision to move to Poland ? Where in Poland would you prefer to live ?

I reckon the main reasons are :-

a) partner is Polish and they want to live in Poland
b) you have business interests in Poland
c) you feel you will get a better quality of life in Poland
d) you visited Poland, liked it so much you decided to stay
e) you have family/friends in Poland
f) Poland is a country with a future and you want to be part of it

I have to say that all the above statements apply to my situation, although in statement (a) it is both my wife and I that want to live in Poland , and not that she wants to return and I will lose her if I don't follow !

We haven't quite decided where in Poland we would settle, but it's between Warsaw and Krakow.

nb
I read an article Polska da sie lubic - Kiosk - Onet.pl Wiadomosci - which is about people who have decided to make Poland their home. Interesting reading, unfortunately it is only in Polish.
hello 22 | 891  
14 Nov 2007 /  #2
I think most of those who move to Poland do so temporarily only. But the reasons you mention are valid.

I think point c) will be more important, especially for people from the Eastern Europe and poorer countries of Asia.
Firestorm 6 | 400  
14 Nov 2007 /  #3
Yes... A. C. and F. :)
Admin 32 | 1,530   Administrator
14 Nov 2007 /  #4
g) you want to learn Polish
polishgirltx  
14 Nov 2007 /  #5
h) you want to study in PL

(is it a part of Word Ass. game? ) j/k :D
Firestorm 6 | 400  
14 Nov 2007 /  #6
is it a part of Word Ass. game?

Yea.. but its letter association.. :p Lol
telefonitika  
15 Nov 2007 /  #7
Mine are C E and F
OP Polanglik 11 | 303  
15 Nov 2007 /  #8
I think most of those who move to Poland do so temporarily only

This may be true, but from many English/Irish I have met out in Poland, they have said that although they originally came out to Poland for a couple of years, they like it so much they do not see themselves returning to their homeland.

In addition, those who come out single, invariably fall in love with a Polish girl and decide to make a new life for themselves and their new family in Poland.
Avalon 4 | 1,068  
15 Nov 2007 /  #9
C,D,E and F for me, 5 years now and no regrets. I live in the South East of Poland and rarely meet anyone from the UK, I certainly have no wish to return there.
PolishWings  
15 Nov 2007 /  #10
i am moving to poland as soon as i am out of university. Poland's and in general Europes future is bright, my entire family is there, and the business opportunies are immense. I love poland, and every time i go i contemplate suicide when i have to leave. My partner definately wants to move as well, (from canada). Life in Poland will only get better from here!

Regards
pamlarouge 3 | 56  
15 Nov 2007 /  #11
A, B, C, E, and F...and I'm sure once I visit in February it will be D too! :)
Wyspianska  
16 Nov 2007 /  #12
i) you want to meet me ;)
Firestorm 6 | 400  
16 Nov 2007 /  #13
J. You cant live without meeting me.. :)
Mufasa 19 | 358  
16 Nov 2007 /  #14
Not a reason, but remember, you can't live in Poland without having a dog! ;)
telefonitika  
16 Nov 2007 /  #15
Wyspianska

oh i forgot that one hun
Dogy 1 | 2  
18 Nov 2007 /  #16
Hi,
I'm 26 and i live in England with my Polish fiance and daughter. We are looking to move to Poland soon and i was hoping some of you could offer me some advise on work etc. I currently work in a busy transport office and have a strong customer service work history. Reading alot of similar postings i see that teaching English as a native speaker is mentioned alot. Could anyone elaborate on this. My reasons would be all of the above other than B and maybe I and J ;-)

I look forward to hearing your replies.
taurusboy - | 2  
19 Nov 2007 /  #17
hi.my girlfriend is polish and we're planning to move there in 2 years time.Basically for a better life as property in london is costing too much for raising a family.We're planning to move to her hometown of wroclaw as she owns a few property there already.

The plan is she will give up work when we start a family and as I can be self employed doing what i'm doing now it shouldn't be a problem.Does earning £40-£50K give you a good life over there?
OP Polanglik 11 | 303  
19 Nov 2007 /  #18
Does earning £40-£50K give you a good life over there

compared to the national average ..... you'll live like a King !

However, it all depends if you have expensive tastes and lifestyle ..... in Poland you can eat very cheaply or very expensively; shopping in the designer shops in malls can be as expensive , if not more expensive than in UK !

You can choose to have your kids go to a Polish school with locals, or go privately in one of the many international schools - the Polish state schools are free, some Polish schools are private, but still a lot cheaper than international schools. The most expensive are the international schools where one year may cost in the region of £7000-£8000.

my girlfriend is polish and we're planning to move there in 2 years time

My wife is Polish ... and from Wroclaw. Presently we are in London, but we plan to be living in Poland in 2 years time - our kids are 5yrs and 4 yrs and are already bilingual. Still undecided between Warsaw and Krakow, although Warsaw seems to have the edge.

I have many friends who have already made the move to Polska; be careful not to fall into the 'one-upmanship club', or 'keeping up with the Joneses'. Like in any society people like to compare themselves with their neighbours and to outdo them in materialistic terms. I have seen this happen with expats in Poland, with some spending beyond their means in order to keep up with others.

Good luck with your furure plans :o)
telefonitika  
19 Nov 2007 /  #19
Seems alot of us are going in around 2 years time i have given that length of time as my daughter will be 11 possibly 12 when we go and will have completed primary school education at least here in the UK .. helping her grasp some polish as i have found that with me learning it as well it is fun and enjoyable to attempt with my daughter using many different formats .. tv programmes .. music ... audio .. software and books :)

Got a few areas personally in mind mainly central and northern Poland area ... plus in meantime i have opened today an extra account at the bank to start transferring funds into that unless i give three months notice i cant touch the cash which is brill to go towards relocation costs

I hope to find employment though preferably within the HR and Administrative sectors seen some reasonable ones posted on EURES site this past few weeks :)
NO 14 4 | 44  
21 Dec 2007 /  #20
For me its a,b,c,d,e & f!!!
I will be moving to Gdansk soon, but first i have to make sure I have some type of work to go to.I am worried about the change in pay to be honest too.I cant help converting zloty into pounds, but i suppose the wages reflect the cost of living in Poland itself.
sting658 4 | 8  
21 Dec 2007 /  #21
Hello guys,
mine will be A+B+E....polish rockss!!!!
anja_rose 3 | 37  
23 Dec 2007 /  #22
me and my partner plan to move after we are married and have started a family, he has inhereited land and we want to build a family home. house prices in england are ridiculous and there are a lot of social problems which i know you find everywhere but lets put it like this, we would rather bring up children in poland, we will be moving to a very rural area which has strong values and is very friendly =)
rex - | 37  
23 Dec 2007 /  #23
then and you all move we can really talk about life in poland when you all are acutally living here
Mark N - | 16  
26 Dec 2007 /  #24
All of the options pretty much relate to me... but the main ones i guess would be c, e and f!
DDS  
30 Dec 2007 /  #25
Well, I've lived in Poland in two different time frames, the first for more than a year while student, and the second time more than six months, I was living there with my girlfriend more than six months.

I've graduated in an "always rocking" IT area (Telco) and I found difficult to work in Poland without speaking correct Polish... :-/ as soon as I came back home I immediatelly found a well payed job at an international blue chip, so I strongly believe the opportunities one may find in Poland will depend on polish language skills...

Good luck folks!
polishcanuck 7 | 462  
30 Dec 2007 /  #26
I'm also considering going to poland (have family there), however i'm only planning on staying for a year or 2 to teach english. I want to come back to canada to become a teacher. I really can't see myself teaching english in poland until retirement (as a teacher in canada benefits, retirement, etc. will be much better) and the pay is too low when compared to living costs. There's really not much else i could do with my degree in poland.

Just curious, for those of you coming to poland, what pay range are you expecting? The national average is btw 2,000 - 3,000 PZN (i think) and after taxes and rent, there's not too much left. It makes matters worse if you have children. Maybe some of you are post university professionals (engineering etc.) and hope to find work with foreign companies...
telefonitika  
30 Dec 2007 /  #27
The national average is btw 2,000 - 3,000 PZN (i think) and after taxes and rent, there's not too much left. It makes matters worse if you have children

i currently get part time just short on £500 a month and that with one child and everything to pay out here in UK so 2,000 - 3,000 zl a month (£410 - £615 a month based on todays rates is not bad going..)

post university professionals

NOPE!
Michal - | 1,865  
31 Dec 2007 /  #28
Just curious, for those of you coming to poland, what pay range are you expecting? The national average is btw 2,000 - 3,000 PZN (i think) and after taxes and rent, there's not too much left. It makes matters worse if you have children. Maybe some of you are post university professionals (engineering etc.) and ho

I was on holiday in Warsaw once a few years ago and as I had some free time went for a job interview in Warsaw for Angloschool. I can not remember what my salary was but the man who owned the flat where I was staying invited me out one evening and asked me what I had been doing that day. When I told him about the interview and the wage offered, he simply laughed and told me that his monthly mobile phone bill was more than my total salary as an English Language teacher would be!
RJ_cdn - | 267  
31 Dec 2007 /  #29
was on holiday in Warsaw once a few years ago

Didn't you say before that the last time you went to Poland was in 1986?
Michal - | 1,865  
1 Jan 2008 /  #30
the last time you went to Poland was in 1986?

The last time that I was in Kraków was in 1986.

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