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"You don't have to invade Poland with tanks and guns now; Poland has been invaded by Western firms.
City serves up opportunities for Poles From Bradford Telegraph and Argus
is fluid, says Bradford born Jan Niczyperowicz.
change to the city's population in 50 years in fact since
In spite of welcoming efforts by Bradford Council, Bradford Vision and bodies like the Eastern European Working Group, unpleasantness is still experienced by some principally throughThirty five year old Maciej (say it Matchy') Urban from Poznan, is Air Max 2013 Mens
"Economic conditions in parts of Poland aren't good unemployment is 25 per cent. The transition to a free market economy is bound to have casualties.
states in 2004. Poles are the biggest single European migration, however.
"We pride ourselves that Poland was the first European country to have a constitution on May 3, 1791 and yet within a year or two Poles lost the plot completely."
Mr Niczyperowicz, perhaps anxious to sound a more diplomatic note, said: "There are good and bad in all communities.
"Most of them have a good work ethic. I think plans have to be made, but they will only settle where there is employment."
Polish soldiers came here after the war; they could not go home because of the Russians," he said.
"It is a very transient phenomenon, especially with young single men. As soon as they've a chance of a better job elsewhere they'll move on. I know of quite a few who have moved from Bradford to
"With political exiles there is more baggage a lot of bitterness, a feeling of keeping together for the sake of the cause, nationalistic. It was a different era, after the war. They always swore
they would get back home.
Thousands of primarily economic migrants from Poland, Slovakia, Russia, the Czech Republic and Latvia and Lithuania on the Baltic have come here since the European Union expanded to 25 member
Mr Niczyperowicz, who works for Leeds City Council's social services department, lives in Shipley and is chairman of Bradford's Federation of Poles.
"I would say hundreds are settling here rather than thousands not in Bradford anyway.
Bradford is becoming a magnet for migrants from Eastern Europe, in particular from Poland, looking for new economic opportunities. Reporter JIM GREENHALF went out to meet some of them.
our parents did. It's a different mentality. They are economic migrants rather than political Air Max Blue And Pink exiles.
When the Poles started arriving after 2004 (the EU is now 27 states including Rumania and Bulgaria), sporadic attacks on them were reported, principally from young Asian men.
Of the hundreds of thousands trying to make a go of life in the UK, more than 7,000 are here in Bradford, possibly more. What is not certain is how long they are likely to remain. Their situation
He is ambivalent about the migration from Poland, unsure of the long term effects on Bradford in terms of schooling and the future of Roman Catholic churches.
"I have met some not very nice people who think Poles are gipsies or Russians. They are not understanding that Poles and English peoples share the same Christian culture and stood against Hitler.
"It's only when Poland has been kicked up the backside that Poles get going.
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one of them. He has been living and working in Bradford for more than a year.
"Economic migrants know they can always go back: borders aren't closed to them. Now they have the European Union; there's a different mentality.
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