Poland is losing its residents to the wealthier countries of Europe. The mayor of one city went on an odyssey to get them back.
The mayor of
On a quiet day six full buses leave his city, in southwestern
Some residents choose to fly – if they can get a seat. Tickets to
Poles are leaving
The exodus has been so fast that despite persistent high unemployment levels in
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Dutkiezicz travelled to
The aim is not to tell Poles to come home now, Dutkiewicz says, but to keep the bridge between the old home and their adopted country.
“The feeling is that people will stay for a certain time in
The mayor estimates that Wroclaw actually has more to offer ambitious Poles than London and that rapid growth in his city will bring its salaries to Western levels within eight or nine years.
“Personal and professional careers and opportunities are more possible in
Companies such as LG, Phillips, Siemens, Volvo and Hewlett-Packard are all investing in
They are attracted by the highly educated and low-cost workforce. But with computer programmers, for example, able to earn over seven times as much in
“He Died Because There Were Not Enough Anesthesiologists”
One sector in
Data released for 2005 by the Polish Central Statistics Office shows that highly-skilled medical staff in
According the Ministry for Health, 5% of
More worrying, perhaps, is the fact that 14% of the country’s anesthesiologists have applied for the certificate. In
Poles have moved mostly for the higher wages. A doctor in
Shortages in the
Working conditions are also often more attractive outside of
“A children’s department in one hospital in
One hospital in Lower Silesia, the region where
The Polish government is trying to do as much as it can, says Pawel Trzinski, a spokesman for the Minister of Health: “This October we raised wages in the healthcare sector by 30%. Never in the history of
Kijaks says doctors were unimpressed: “Thirty per cent is nothing to us. It means nothing. It’s too small an amount. If they increased salaries by two or three times that would count.”
The Poles who have emigrated are starting to put down roots, opening schools and newspapers in the countries where they have settled.
One example is the rural town of
There are larger Polish schools in
As Mayor Dutkiewicz notes, having experienced a vast exodus of the population in the 1980s, the 1990s saw lots of Irish expats return to the island once the Celtic Tiger began to roar. He is hopeful that
Between 2007 and 2013, the government in
Many Poles living abroad however, say, that the un-bureaucratic British way of life would be hard to leave. More than financial rewards may need to change.
Date created : 2006-12-01