The Brits who left the UK for a life in Poland - and what are your experiences if a Briton?
I did a search in the archive and didn't find a thread on this although it must be somewhere.
No one knows for sure how many Brits are living in Poland because they don't have to register, just as with any other EU country. However, everyone agrees the number is growing. 'We're definitely seeing more Brits,' says Mark's boss, John N, 40, who has built up several businesses in Poland.
I dare say that some of the people mentioned in the article might know of this forum!
The article is from 2011, but I dare say there have been success and failure stories since. If anyone would like to post their success or otherwise story on this thread, please feel free. It would be good if you could say whereabouts you found success (or failure) in Poland.
My own take which is just my opinion and experience and should be construed as nothing more than that: very limited opportunities for work or even voluntary work, it's a place for marrieds and young families more than anything, it has complicated politics and loyalties stemming from a turbulent history, some Poles don't much like Brits or foreigners and don't care that they make it obvious, customer service in shops can be abrupt and poor generally, food is very limited if you're a veggie or not good at cooking or just don't have the time to cook, the roads and a quite a lot of drivers seem below average, the air is poorer than it should be in some cities, lots of things are surprisingly expensive considering Polish wages. But: it's a better place if you're under 30 and have at least one other language apart from English and maybe in addition to Polish plus a skill in demand such as some software and IT disciplines, are Catholic, enjoy the arts, relish the countryside and farming or agriculture, love skiing and are keen on cycling. It's probably at its vert best if you have a Polish partner or spouse to smooth your path and a good bit of money spare. Failing that, a decent company relocation package and some luck.
Happy holidays all and wishing you a good and prosperous 2014.
I see a mod found the original thread in about 2 seconds :oD
And despite what the article says, I'm certainly seeing fewer Brits in Warsaw than ten years ago.
Certainly agree, very few Britons here in Wro unless visiting on the p**s.