Poland’s immigrants go against the flow
The troubles in the eurozone periphery are reversing the flow of migrants in Europe. If Poland was known just a few years ago for huge outflows of workers, now Spaniards, Portuguese and Italians are being tempted east.
“My home is here now – I think of Portugal mainly in terms of eventually retiring by the sea,” says Hugo Varzielas, 33, a native of Portugal now working as a business analyst for HP’s Global Business outsourcing centre in the western Polish city of Wroclaw.
Mr Varzielas is not alone. As many as 10 per cent of the 100,000 people now working in the outsourcing sector are foreign nationals, according to Jacek Levernes, head of the association of Business Leaders in Poland, a lobby group representing the fast-growing sector. Poland’s outsourcing industry is expected to expand by about 20 per cent this year.
The reason they are coming is Poland’s relatively strong economy. It was the only EU member to dodge recession in 2009. Now, despite a sharp slowdown, the economy is still eking out growth of about 2 per cent, far better than in the troubled fringes of the eurozone.
Quand on a officialisé l’existence de l’Union Européenne, on craignait de voir des plombier polonais aller travailler en Espagne, voulant ainsi des emplois aux locaux. Qui aurait cru, quelques année plus tard, que ce serait les Espagnols qui iraient travailler en Pologne.
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