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rtd5rtd  
25 Jun 2007 /  #1
Hi,
Iam a polish professional currently living in london. I got a better job position in manchester where I haven't been ever.
Can You tell me how safe is there for Polish people. Is it the same dangerous as in other British/Irish towns. Can I go to a pub there and avoid being beeten etc..?

How much antagonisticly for Polish migrants manchester people are.

And could you tell me which area is the most safe for Polish blokes and which area is nice to live in general.

robert
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
25 Jun 2007 /  #2
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Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #3
And could you tell me which area is the most safe for Polish blokes and which area is nice to live in general.

There's a lot of second, third generation polish descent people iin Manchester and the surrounding area's. Sale, Altrincham, Chorlton, Didsbury are good places where you will meet other Polish people. There are area's just out of the City Centre which aren't the best of places. I don't want to name them as I do not wish to offend anyone.

I'm sure there are other good places around Manchester but I can't comment on them because it's been a long time since I was there.

Depends a lot on what you are looking for ? Best is to do a bit of research and look around. See if they are places you would like to live in. If you want any advice once you find an area, I'm quite happy to give you my opinion (for what it is worth).
zion  
25 Jun 2007 /  #4
let me ask you is the money really that better then Poland ? that make you go there and live in fear of been beat up ??? becouse is clear that you are scare that why you ask !!!

Is it the same dangerous as in other British/Irish towns

I dont think is that more dangerous then anywhere else not matter if you polish or not but if you are that scare come back home and make less money but walk free on the street and not worried someone will smash you head just becouse you are polish what I dont think will happen in Manchester anyway stay out of trouble in the end you are a guest there so try to keep a low profile .
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
25 Jun 2007 /  #5
There are area's just out of the City Centre which aren't the best of places. I don't want to name them as I do not wish to offend anyone.

Regen, LIR, good places to buy.

I dont think will happen in Manchester anyway stay out of trouble in the end you are a guest there so try to keep a low profile .

The chances of him getting beaten are just the same as anyone else, M/c isnt a violent city and its got a large Polish community, so I dont think him being Polish will cause him any problems whatsoever.

Places like Prestwich (as I have said on other threads) is a nice area so is Whitefield, so is Simister Village.

Also some very good catholic schools in the Prestwich area if you are coming with a family

Please feel free to mail me if you want any advice.
zion  
25 Jun 2007 /  #6
The chances of him getting beaten are just the same as anyone else,

that is what I said ! dont really know why the bloke is so scare of that just for been a pole M \c had already it share of outsiders so I am sure he will be fine once he does not drink too much and go about looking for troble becouse if he does he will get his ass kick back to poland in a flash .
Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #7
Regen, LIR, good places to buy.

Yes for some, I agree :)

Depends what your objectives are in buying in such area's ?

I prefer open area's and less smog <grin> but I do love the city life in Manchester.

he will get his ass kick back to poland in a flash .

Lol ........

I'm sure that between Amethyst and myself we'll sort him out <smile>
OP rtd5rtd  
25 Jun 2007 /  #8
Thank you for your answers,
Basicly why Im asking is that ie. in City of London there is absolutely safe and nothing to be scare of. And in london in general too - because of such many people form all over the world. But if You go to some smaller towns the situation changes drastically. Ie. in Belfast they can burn you car or even whole flat while you sleep inside. And police don't give a dam. Maybe they burn flats independent of weather you're form Poland or other countries Idon't know? I just know that this are the facts because I've spoken to people which seen it.

So that's why Iam asking if in manchester is like in belfast or like in London.

And answer for good zion's question: There is no money wich makes sens live in constant fear. That's why Im living in lnd where is save and not going to go to belfast.

/cheers
Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #9
I would imagine the crime rate in London is far higher than in Manchester. Manchester is the same as London, very multi cultural. But as in all area's (London included) there are unsafe area's, not just unsafe for foreigners but also people who live here.

I used to work in London and Manchester and it's a lot safer in Manchester., believe me.

It's a nicer pace here in the North West and the people are much friendlier. I live outside Manchester and the local Police Force are learning some Polish so that they can interface better with Polish immigrants. My parents were both Polish. I think the secret is to avoid the rough area's in any City Centre in the UK.

I've worked in Belfast too........and I can't identify with the remarks you have made about the lawlessness there.......doesn't sound true !!
zion  
25 Jun 2007 /  #10
Force are learning some Polish so that they can interface better with Polish immigrants

is that many Poles there !!!! man everything that is too much is no good

doesn't sound true !!

it does not the guy is just in fear for some reasson chill kid is true that there are way too many poles in a short time living all over the UK and in some places the heat is on right now becouse many of the Poles dont have a great grasp of English and that make some people up set sometimes and some poeple think that is juts too many Poles in in too short time in a small island at once and I must say that right 1 million is quite a lot in a short time even for mother England
Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #11
is that many Poles there !!!! man everything that is too much is no good

I don't understand what you mean ?
OP rtd5rtd  
25 Jun 2007 /  #12
I read about it in newspapers, Some 4 peple were living in belfast and somebody set up a fire in their house at night. Sombebody was burnt someone else escaped tru the window. I also fly quite often to Gdansk form Luton and people form belfast fly tru luton to gdansk. And I have sat whith young (21 years old) girl once, whose car has been burnt. Acttualy Iam wondering why she still lives there?? And I also had some accident in pub in uk. One time I went to pub dressed quite casual. And when I just enter to the pub I heard some thing like that "oh look. next polish bloke here - ha ha ha". Because I was stright from the plane and I was holding a bags. So natives thought that I just came here to steal their maintanance job.

But anyway that's good that Manchester is better than lnd.

Do you have to pay for parking lot in the city center if Yes how much average? And do you have to pay for parking you car infront of the house You live in?
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
25 Jun 2007 /  #13
Do you have to pay for parking lot in the city center if Yes how much average? And do you have to pay for parking you car infront of the house You live in?

Parking in the city centre is about £7 perday, parking in front of your house is free.

You'll like Manchester, lots of lovely parks and close to the Lake District and not too far from the Peak District if you like walking.

Public transport is good and traffic can be quite bad getting in to the city (early start and late finish stops this problem though).

Manchester has a lot to offer, hence the reason a lot of people from the south are moving here. Ive lived here all my life and love my city and very proud of it.
Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #14
Do you have to pay for parking lot in the city center if Yes how much average? And do you have to pay for parking you car infront of the house You live in?

Yes, it is expensive. Don't know how much it is these days. But public transport is pretty good so it's probably better to park a bit further out then either walk in or use the metro, buses, trains etc

You don't usually pay to park outside your house but it does depend where it is. If there are yellow lines outside the house you will be restricted.

One time I went to pub dressed quite casual. And when I just enter to the pub I heard some thing like that "oh look. next polish bloke here - ha ha ha". Because I was stright from the plane and I was holding a bags. So natives thought that I just came here to steal their maintanance job.

I think that is because there has been so much in the press about recent Polish immigrants.
It's been on TV, in the newspapers and became quite a talking point. It will die down........I wouldn't worry too much :) But i wouldn't live or socialise in the rougher area's of any city as some people can be quite ignorant. I would imagine that's true of any place in any country ?
OP rtd5rtd  
25 Jun 2007 /  #15
Does Your metro looks like london tube or they clean it in manchester? :)
Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #16
London Underground is a bit grim isn't it ?

Manchester's metro is newer and mostly at ground level. It's not the same as London Underground. It is cleaner. It looks good as it wends it's way through the City Centre. I have to admit i've never been on the metro. Over to Amethyst :)
OP rtd5rtd  
25 Jun 2007 /  #17
One last quiestion. Is it like in lnd that the east side is dodgy and the west side expecnive? or it's more mixed ?
Lady in red  
25 Jun 2007 /  #18
I have to go in a minute but Manchester is a lot different than London and obviously a lot smaller. It's not as simple as saying one side is 'dodgier' than the other.

Let's take Salford for example. Historically, it was always viewed as a poorer relation to Manchester. Housing stock was poor, people were poorer than other places in the North West. The Area got regenerated, and now there are large parts that are good places to live. It houses the Imperial War Museum, The Lowry Centre and the BBC have chosen Salford to relocate too. BUT, there are still certain area's around Salfods where you need to be careful :(

Manchester and surrounding area's have gone through and are still undergoing massive regeneration. This has changed certain area's for the better.

Salfods

Sorry for spelling........should say Salford........
spiritus 68 | 666  
26 Jun 2007 /  #19
I live 20 mins from Manchester and can only reaffirm what others have said. The North West has a large Polish community and Poles have easily integrated into the community.

You will have no problems.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
26 Jun 2007 /  #20
it was always viewed as a poorer relation to Manchester

Salford is a city in its own right and has always been seen a working class, salt of the earth kind of place until the last 20 years when it had become rundown and now developers are buying up the land and abandoned properties and starting a regen.

Lowry came from Salford :)

Manchester's metro is newer and mostly at ground level.

Its all over ground, it does run under a few bridges but never goes underground.

Does Your metro looks like london tube or they clean it in manchester? :)

Yes its clean but its busy.

You wont have any problems going in to bars etc. or even to your local for a quick pint after work
Lady in red  
26 Jun 2007 /  #21
Its all over ground, it does run under a few bridges but never goes underground.

Think it does slightly at Picadilly Stastion, lol......I had to be exact <grin>

Lowry came from Salford :)

I know :) I remember going to see exhibitions at the Manchester Art gallery, years and years ago. They had a room made furnished with all his stuff and it was set out exactly as he had it. I've been to the Lowry Centre a couple of times.

We could do with setting up a North West Forum. There seems to be a lot of North West people on here. It's good :)
peterweg 37 | 2,321  
26 Jun 2007 /  #22
heard some thing like that "oh look. next polish bloke here - ha ha ha". Because I was stright from the plane and I was holding a bags. So natives thought that I just came here to steal their maintenance job.

I think they were joking a about another Pole just got off the plane, in the context that there are suddenly Polish everywhere, which is funny. I don't think someone scared to 'lose their maintenance job' would be laughing about it.
Firestorm 6 | 400  
27 Jun 2007 /  #23
Hi.. rtd5rtd

I was born in manchester. And have allways felt safe.
it is a great place to live.
Town is very Busy..
But a great place to work.
Stay away from Hulme.. Or Moss side. ( Very tough )

If you want to contact me.
I can tell try to help.

It allways amazes me why everyone thinks London.. is the answer to everything.
Its not.
Its way too expensive. Dirty and busy.

Manchester. is the place to be. its growing fast.. :))
steve d 3 | 17  
28 Jun 2007 /  #24
I'm sure you'll love Manchester, much more so than London. My wife is Polish and visited both many times, she definitely prefers Manchester!

I'd really like to help you also, as I went the other way, from Manchester to Warsaw! My Polish friends who have joined me in MCR also love it.

Also, your Pound will go a lot further in MCR than in London, so if the job offer is better, I wouldn't hesitate. Good luck with whatever you decide.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
28 Jun 2007 /  #25
Ie. in Belfast they can burn you car or even whole flat while you sleep inside.

it might be worth remembering that belfast is a city with a history of division and conflict... much of it based on religion... one of which is associated with poland...
cube 2 | 39  
28 Jun 2007 /  #26
Hey thanks BubbaWoo and Lady in Red .....for trying to put the record straight on Belfast....Its a great place to live. Yes we have a few rough neighbourhoods, that some trouble has happened in, but every city in the world has those. The vast majority of Polish people have never seen or experience trouble here, you just have to be a little street wise and stay away from the 2 or 3 bad areas and don’t live in the very very cheap rented accommodation there, (its cheap for one reason because no one wants to live there)
Daniel07  
1 Jul 2007 /  #27
manchester is a fantastic city....very multicultural now. i am english myself but have quite a few polish friends through the pubs/clubs i goto. i prefer the european places anyway.

if you want to feel at home i recommend the czech bar on booth street (near the manchester universitys) very mixed crowd of polish,czech and serbian people. very busy too. also partys at the attic and joshua brooks are the best (less pretentious with people just doing whats important,having fun!)

hope this helps a little.
truebrit 3 | 196  
1 Jul 2007 /  #28
it might be worth remembering that belfast is a city with a history of division and conflict... much of it based on religion... one of which is associated with poland...

I totally agree.Belfast had a civil war and still suffers from some hangovers from those times (hostility to outsiders etc).No way can you compare Manchester and many other places to N.Ireland.
rachvt - | 25  
4 Jul 2007 /  #29
Try reading this book, sounds interesting :

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"RULES, BRITANNIA", by Toni Summers Hargis

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