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Should recent arrivals to Poland, such as Syrian migrants, be required to learn Polish?

Lyzko 33 | 8,291
22 Oct 2015 #1
I'm deeply curious as to how my PF-colleagues feel about the necessity of recent migrants to Poland to learn the target language of their host country. Germany has long even insisted on a language test for new immigrants, as does Canada! However, the US, of course, lets everyone in from all corners of the globe, regardless of even minimal language ability:-)

Should Poland do likewise?
Brummieexpat - | 4
22 Oct 2015 #2
is this a joke they wont be here long enough.. they will be straight off to Germany and the UK
nope 2 | 43
22 Oct 2015 #3
learn the target language

I think they definitely should learn some poish but I agree with Brummie and don't think they consider Poland and polish language as target country or target language.
OP Lyzko 33 | 8,291
22 Oct 2015 #4
Well, as the Polish economy continues to improve, some might actually be induced to stay!!
22 Oct 2015 #5
I very much doubt whether the immigrants will remain in Poland, but for the ones that do, it's in their own best interests to learn the language or they will never fully integrate. Gaining employment will be a nightmare without being able to speak Polish, as would be simple everyday tasks.

To be honest, I doubt Poland would ever make it a requirement for immigrants to speak the language when there's every chance they're not going to hang around long enough to put it into practice.

Plus, it would cost money to set up courses/classes etc, although probably EU would be paying for this.........
In UK colleges, there used to be free English courses for those whose first language wasn't English, as friends of mine used to go to them, but now you have to pay.
johnny reb 35 | 7,342
22 Oct 2015 #6
Hopefully the Polish government won't cave like they have here in the U.S.A.
When you call just about any government agency the recording that first comes on says, "Push one for English".
B.S. I say to that, how about push one for Spanish and push nothing for English.
It just goes to show you what the illegal and legal migrant invasion can do to a country over time.
Once those people start voting look out.
Push one for Arabic, push two for Polish.
OP Lyzko 33 | 8,291
23 Oct 2015 #7
I agree, Johnny Reb!

Age-old problem here in the States has always been our openness to receiving other cultures. As we slowly began to lose our sense of tribalism as well as our elitism (if we ever even had them!!), we turned irreversably lax on language standard, NEVER though to the extent that it has become today:-)

I can still remember watching re-runs of '60s TV news broadcasts when folks like the late, great John Stevenson or Charles Collingwood might gently "recast" the mangled syntax of their guest, were clarity an issue!

Sadly, gone are the days(:-
InPolska 11 | 1,821
23 Oct 2015 #8
My goodness! don't you'll know that the US are a country of IMmigrants.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,849
23 Oct 2015 #9
Age-old problem here in the States has always been our openness to receiving other cultures

so when did your folks arrive in the States? Do you really not see the irony of living in a country of immigrants who more or less slaughtered the indigineous population, and then talking like that?

Back on topic (Poland) please
mafketis 34 | 12,198
23 Oct 2015 #10
Of course all longterm residents they should start learning as soon as they arrive and keep at it until they are at least around b1 or b2 levels (or can deal with the bureaucracy on their own without personal translators).

English is nothing more (and hopefully will never be more) than a useful foreign language in Polish and it's not enough to thrive (or do much more than barely survive) unless a lot of money is splashed around.

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