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How many Polish citizens left Chicagoland in the past three years?


regionpolski 33 | 153
12 Mar 2011 #1
The Polish-born population in Chicago has plummetted in the past few years. I've heard numbers ranging from 50,000 to 150,000. Does anyone have a source for numbers? Chicagoland remains home to thousands of residents born in Poland but the numbers are certainly down.
PennBoy 76 | 2,436
12 Mar 2011 #2
How many Polish citizens left Chicagoland in the past three years?

Most just moved to the suburbs, not back to Poland.
I just found data from 2005 that there are 800 thousand people of Polish descent in metro Chicago area. " W Chicago mieszka około 800.000 osób polskiego pochodzenia. Według amerykańskich danych oficjalnych, w 2005 r. liczba Polaków w Chicago i okolicach, którym wydano zezwolenie na stały pobyt, spadła o 5,3 proc. w porównaniu do 2004 r. i wyniosła 5,6 tys.
Lyzko
12 Mar 2011 #3
How the mighty of the Windy City have fallen! Once the Poles dominated the old Meat Packing District (made famous in Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle"!), her most famous muckracker Mr. Art Royko etc... Poles were to Chicago what the Italians were to New York and the Irish to Bean Town (Boston).
PennBoy 76 | 2,436
12 Mar 2011 #4
Mexicans outnumber Poles now, there's over a million in the metro area.
Harry
12 Mar 2011 #5
Real Poles choose to live in Poland.
Lyzko
12 Mar 2011 #6
I ruefully repeat, PennBoy, "How the mighty have fallen!"-:))

Are migrant workers in Poland any less "real" than so-called "native" Poles? I detect here a double standard. If the immigrants in question were, say, Swedes, Germans or Brits, would the resentment be as significant??
OP regionpolski 33 | 153
12 Mar 2011 #7
I'm including the suburbs in my question, hence use of the term Chicagoland in the thread. My interest is in the number of Poles that returned to Poland.
Lyzko
12 Mar 2011 #8
Your research may also take you to a similar phenomenon happening for a while in my area of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. As Poland has begun to do better economically, more and more younger Poles are pulling up stakes and moving back to the Motherland-:)
f stop 25 | 2,513
12 Mar 2011 #9
Real Poles choose to live in Poland.

Untrue. Real Poles will be Poles wherever they are.
PennBoy 76 | 2,436
12 Mar 2011 #10
f stop you're wasting your time trying to convince a nimwit who's obviously very jealous of not living in this glorious country.
f stop 25 | 2,513
12 Mar 2011 #11
I understand what he means, and I don't want to get personal here, but passport, lineage, living in Poland might technically make you Polish, but (and this is going to sound corny) if you talking about being a "real" Pole, it's got to be what's in your heart.
1jola 14 | 1,879
12 Mar 2011 #12
Noble words, fstop. Do you regret not passing that on to your son?
f stop 25 | 2,513
12 Mar 2011 #13
Do you regret not passing that on to your son?

Not at all. I'd like my legacy to be that he becomes a "real" citizen of the world.
plk123 8 | 4,148
14 Mar 2011 #14
How many Polish citizens left Chicagoland in the past three years?

>>> chicago.msz.gov.pl/en <<< ask there


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