My Predictions for the next decade or so:
- the economics will improve (more work, new industries)
- probably a lots of people will stay outsite in western countries because the money factor
- more stable politics and relations with neighbours ( if President Putin eases off his tactics :) ..)
- change in Poland's demography as the country will face increased immigration from Asian/African/etc.. countries.
In general, I think Poland will present itself better over the years, but our home country will face problems that were never present in Poland before. I am very cerious to see how the developments will take place and how the management (politicians) will tackle the problems and how they will use the new apportunities as well.
there are some shortages of workers within Poland -which I guess means more overseas workers (from Ukraine etc?) going to work in Poland
Yes, there is a shortage but I think this will correct itself within couple of years. Polish people already recognized the same dillema therefore I'm sure there are already people training with an objective to become a skilled trades worker. Since not everyone wants to emigrate from Poland I'm sure this shortfall of skilled workers will become smaller and smaller over time with a help from new immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, Hungary .. etc .. So I guess now would be the best time to come to Poland if you want to find work in construction etc..
Will the Polish national character etc change in the future?
Anybody who experienced emigration in their lives or at least very frequent travel to other countries for financial reasons will tell you that their personality, world and life perspectives or attitudes to work and education changed. So yes, I believe the national character will evolve TO SOME DEGREE over time.