I would really like to hear some honest experiences from people on the forum who are in a relationship with a Polish person or married to one. Do these relationships work?
Without doubt there are successful Anglo/Polish relationships, there are a considerable number of posters on the forum who are in happy relationships with Poles.
I don't want to be a 'wet blanket' but I do think you need to think carefully before you make any kind of legal commitment to this man. Most of the successful relationships are between Polish women and Non Polish men, there aren't as many of the reverse!
There is a much larger cultural gap than people realise and it's sometimes more difficult for a 'western' woman to bridge that gap than a man!
Think about what British girls are really like!
Like spending time with their 'girlfriends'/on hobbies/outside interests.
Quirky fashion sense/ sometimes not interested in fashion/make up.
Probably more focussed on their children than their partners!
Sometimes very career orientated.
Voice their opinions loudly.
Like their food!
All plus points in my opinion but not always to a Polish man. Polish women and British women are not the same in attitudes, behaviour and general outlook.
Also think about this.
Unless both people have extremely large incomes (or people defrauding the benefit system)
there is no financial advantage to living with a man or being married. People marry these days because they believe in traditional commitment or stability for children.
This does mean that British women are not dependent on having a husband/partner, given this we often have a different attitude to both men and marriage than some people of other European countries.
Have you also considered the economic situation? The recession has caused many Central/Eastern Europeans to consider returning home! There is also a lot of dissent about the EU, it's not impossible that Britain will leave, many people would welcome it. While it seems unlikely at the moment it may be that this man loses his right to stay and work in Britain.
I think perhaps you need to meet more Poles and look at their relationships, visit Poland, study a bit about the country/culture and learn a bit of the language. You may be able to make a more informed decision then.
I do sympathise with your dilemma,seven years ago a Polish man asked me to marry him, I refused but I did live with him for several years, the first couple of years were great as all new relationships are but once the honeymoon period was over it was awful and it took me a long time to get rid of the man. So do think carefully and make sure that you are protected legally in all ways if you decide to live with your gent!
Whatever happens all the best and i hope it does work out well.