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Moving back from Canada to Poland, yes or no?


Kasia84 8 | 40
9 Jan 2010 #1
I was born in Gdansk Poland =) moved to Canada as a kid with my family.

I miss Gdansk very much! =( I am thinking of moving back there again in a few years.

Although my husband is not Polish, and our little daughter, Izabella is learning Polish now (she is only 8 month old). My husband doesn't mind moving to Poland. He is very flexible =)

He can understand some Polish but he is fluently in English and French. I am a teacher and he's a medical technologist/clinical researcher.

My question is...how hard would it be for us to move there and live there? is it possible at all? I am worried that it might be hard =/ soo on the other hand, I am thinking of Ireland or UK. I just want to live in Europe! =) always a dream of mine. Own a cottage house one day ;)

anywys any advice(s)?? Thanks!!!
Sildar - | 34
9 Jan 2010 #2
Be sure you will find job in Poland and that salary is enough for living, then think about moving
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
10 Jan 2010 #3
I am thinking of Ireland or UK

If he is Canadian, he will need a visa even though you have Polish citizenship - as for your dream of a cottage in an idealic country village, unless you have a spare £250k then forget it...Its very expensive in the UK, far less sq ft for your $. A friend of mine has just gone back to live in Canada (born in UK raised to mid teens in Canada) and said its the best move she has ever made going back with her young family......I hear France is a nice place, why not try there, your husband speaks French.
Bzibzioh
10 Jan 2010 #4
I hear France is a nice place, why not try there, your husband speaks French.

Murderous taxes plus strikes all the time.
Wroclaw Boy
10 Jan 2010 #5
as for your dream of a cottage in an idealistic country village, unless you have a spare £250k then forget it

All depends where you buy really.

how hard would it be for us to move there and live there?

Movings easy living is the hard part. In my experience its very difficult.
1jola 14 | 1,879
10 Jan 2010 #6
......I hear France is a nice place, why not try there, your husband speaks French.

You can't just...move to France.
Myszolow 3 | 157
10 Jan 2010 #7
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I recommend a long holiday in Poland. By long I mean a couple of months or more - before you commit yourselves to anything. Canada is a magnificent country. I can't honestly see why anyone would rather live in Poland than Canada? What exactly is the upside?

Same for UK to be honest. If you're in Canada now and you're doing OK, you're better off staying there unless you have specific opportunities to move for.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
10 Jan 2010 #8
You can't just...move to France.

Brits do it all the time :D Besides you cant just move to the UK or Ireland either...

Murderous taxes plus strikes all the time.

Tax isnt a problem if you earn enough and they are both professionals so I dont see that being a problem. As for strikes, what country doesnt have them...Id still say its a better option than the UK.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
10 Jan 2010 #9
If he is Canadian, he will need a visa even though you have Polish citizenship

No he won't. He'll need the EEA Family Permit, which is free and isn't a visa.

Most EU countries will allow him to apply for legal residence once in the country on a tourist stamp though - the UK has wrongly interpreted the EU directives in this case and will likely be forced to change it sooner rather than later.
sister act 2 | 88
10 Jan 2010 #10
I thought that most of the brits and Irish that move to france are retired. I am living in Ireland and things for me are very bad job wise you will really struggle to find work my husband has been looking for work every day for the past year in Ireland and has got nothing we are talking about moving to poland to but we have house almost build there and only my husband will have to find a little job to keep him going and intime I will have to bring in some income. As for England in October 08 we travel to Brighton south east england as we had always planned to spend a few years living in the south east of england we spent one month lving in a hotel as no one would rent us an appartment as they said we would have to have proof of income,

I showed
them my bank a/c and told them I would pay 6 months to a year in advance but this offer was not accpected from the letting agencies. Then I heard that letting agencies don't want to rent to polish the bbc did an expose on it. You should really watch. Anyway after we came back to Ireland. My husband had gotten a job as a taxi driver in brightinbut we just could not surrive on that money.
bolek 6 | 330
11 Jan 2010 #11
What is the attraction working in Ireland for such a low wage, best return to Poland, your lifestyle will be better.
sister act 2 | 88
11 Jan 2010 #12
yes thats is what i think to, it is just when we mention to friends and family people reactions are more shock why would you live in poland even my polish teacher tried to convince me to stay in ireland.So thats the plan sister act is moving to poland
Wroclaw Boy
11 Jan 2010 #13
What is the attraction working in Ireland for such a low wage, best return to Poland, your lifestyle will be better.

Low wage? Taxi drivers can easily clear £400 / week thats 7,360 PLN / month where the hell is going to earn any where near that in Poland?
bolek 6 | 330
11 Jan 2010 #14
yeah, and these people are living in places that I would'nt go near and living off scraps, the fact remains that the cost of living eats into any money they have made.

This is old polish mentality thinking, arrh he lives in Ireland clears 400 pounds, calculator out that is 7360zl arrh he must be rich, mayby I should go to Ireland.

A beer cost 7 pound in Ireland, in Poland it is 7 zl, I prefer Polish beer.
milky 13 | 1,657
11 Jan 2010 #15
life is real hard in Poland bordering on impossible if you have rent to pay or mortgage..Life in Ireland and Britain is a lot easier..A pint is 4.90 in ireland. Unless you own a house in Poland(paid for) or have big self employing plans,think twice. Poland is a real mess at the moment..income-mortgage ratio etc
slonce - | 21
11 Jan 2010 #16
oh my god,is £400 so much money????I feel sorry for you...it not much at all!!!!!!!!
bolek 6 | 330
11 Jan 2010 #17
Don't feel sorry for me, I was only commenting on a previous post, The point I was trying to make is that people in Poland hearing that somebody earns 400 pounds is pretty well off, if you take away living costs etc, he would be better off living in Poland. agreed yes/no
convex 20 | 3,978
11 Jan 2010 #18
if you take away living costs etc

what is the big difference in cost of living? housing is a bit more expensive. anything with labor costs included (dining out, drinking in bars, etc) is much more expensive. buying food is marginally more expensive. If you just go over to bunker away some money for 6 months, seems like a deal.
xxxxxx
11 Jan 2010 #19
gosh, is that even sufficient to survive in Ireland? I'm earning £3,500 a month and I can hardly save money...
sister act 2 | 88
11 Jan 2010 #20
well people in brighton didn't want to take our money for rent as a lot of landlords didn't want to rent to a polish family. When you weight it up, life at the moment is hard in most countries,
bolek 6 | 330
11 Jan 2010 #21
If you just go over to bunker away some money for 6 months, seems like a deal.

I doubt if any money saved over 6 months will have do much for you in Poland.

I'm earning £3,500 a month and I can hardly save money...

You must be supporting a drug habit.
convex 20 | 3,978
12 Jan 2010 #22
I doubt if any money saved over 6 months will have do much for you in Poland.

Depends on where I suppose, a couple of grand goes a long way in some places.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
12 Jan 2010 #23
For a student yes..its a nice little cushion whilst studying.
bolek 6 | 330
12 Jan 2010 #24
nice little yeh I suppose it sums it up correctly
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
12 Jan 2010 #25
You must be supporting a drug habit.

In Ireland?

Ten years ago, it was costing well over 300,000 Punts to buy a modest 3 bedroom semi in the suburbs of Dublin. So much stuff in Ireland is hideously priced - it really isn't a cheap place to live. I'm not surprised he's struggling on 3,500 pounds a month!
convex 20 | 3,978
12 Jan 2010 #26
So much stuff in Ireland is hideously priced

housing is expensive (that's correcting itself at the moment). Rooms aren't really that expensive, and supermarket shopping is a bit more than over here.
bolek 6 | 330
12 Jan 2010 #27
I'm not surprised he's struggling on 3,500 pounds a month!

Well, I hear what you are saying, perhaps living on 3000zl in Poland is a struggle, look in every country there are people who do well, but the majority of people struggle to make ends meet and have to have a budget.
Wroclaw Boy
12 Jan 2010 #28
A beer cost 7 pound in Ireland, in Poland it is 7 zl, I prefer Polish beer.

Firstly she's stalking about Brighton UK, secondly Ireland has the EUR so your saying a beer in Ireland costs around 10 EUR? and where is this beer bought from, The pub, shop etc.. and what area in order to say a beer costs £7 pound in Ireland you need to even out the average.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 Jan 2010 #29
Last pint I bought at new year cost me £2.80 at my local pub.
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
26 Feb 2010 #30
Ten years ago, it was costing well over 300,000 Punts to buy a modest 3 bedroom semi in the suburbs of Dublin.

Completely false.


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