POLISH nationals in the UK have been told to “seriously consider” returning home in a strongly-worded letter from their ambassador.
Arkady Rzegocki has urged the 800,000 Poles living in Britain either to apply for settled status or consider a return to Poland post-Brexit.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning, Mr Rzegocki said: “Poland and the Polish economy is growing, life standards are improving – they are much different compared to five to 10 years ago.
“I think it is a very good opportunity to come back to Poland. I think you can achieve your goals in both Britain and Poland.”
He stressed that there was “still a lot of time to reply” but that it was “better to achieve settled status soon”.
INVITATION TO RETURN
Mr Rzegocki said many Poles are considering a return to Poland but only 27 per cent – which he described as an “alarmingly low level” – had applied for settled status so far.
He added: “Last year 116,000 left the country [Britain]. There are still about a million here but you can see there is a discussion being had.”
The ambassador added: “I also encourage you to seriously consider the possibility of returning to your homeland.
“The rapidly growing economy of our country creates more and more opportunities for citizens for development and good living conditions in the country.”
Mr Rzegocki said he regretted that Britain was most likely leaving the EU, given it had been “home to thousands of Poles for generations” .
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But he added: “We also see this process as an opportunity to strengthen the bond between our two countries.”
Every EU citizen living permanently in the UK must register for settled status or pre-settled status to be able to remain legally in the country after the current Brexit deadline of October 31.
This must be done by the end of June 2021, or by the end of 2020 in the event of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.
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