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Old 09-21-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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For 19 years, Elizabeth Baumgartner, a Polish-American from Queens, has been publishing a series of how-to books aimed at newly arrived Polish immigrants trying to find their way in the United States. The books cover topics like buying a house, investing in mutual funds and starting your own business.

These days, however, her best sellers are guides to a once-familiar place, Poland, with titles like “Returning to Poland” and “Retirement of a Re-Immigrant in Poland.”

“This is a sad trend for me,” Ms. Baumgartner said.

New York’s Polish community is shrinking, as waves of immigrants and their families are being lured back to Poland by a vibrant economy there.

Tighter immigration enforcement, gentrification and the overall aging of the Polish population have contributed to the decline. But the biggest catalyst, community leaders say, was Poland’s admission to the European Union in 2004, which created immense employment opportunities for Poles in Europe and spurred a return migration.

At the same time, the influx of new Polish immigrants to New York has slowed to a trickle, these community leaders say. As a result, the population of Polish-born people in New York declined to 60,153 in 2006, down from 65,246 in 2000, a 7.8 percent drop, according to the Department of City Planning. During the same span, the number of New Yorkers claiming Polish ancestry fell to 211,389 from 213,447.

The neighborhood is changing for the better,” he said. “That’s what the city is all about.”


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/nyregion/21poles.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin


Buh-bye . . please don't come back without permission to enter. Thank you. Who said attrition through enforcement doesn't work?
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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That is the great thing about this country...people are free to leave it at will. Of course, I'm sure Poland (like all other EU countries) has strict immigration laws -- hows that for ironic!
Nonetheless, if the Poles can climb out of a country destroyed by WWII and gutted by communism then surely the Mexicans, Guatamalans and other sob immigrants can at least attempt to bring their nations up to first world standards.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:26 PM
 
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That is the great thing about this country...people are free to leave it at will. Of course, I'm sure Poland (like all other EU countries) has strict immigration laws -- hows that for ironic!
Nonetheless, if the Poles can climb out of a country destroyed by WWII and gutted by communism then surely the Mexicans, Guatamalans and other sob immigrants can at least attempt to bring their nations up to first world standards.
Agreed. The US has gone out on a limb by agreeing to NAFTA to help Mexico at the risk of killing our own economy. Add to the pot decades of annual financial aid packages, newly funded military assistance/training and more financial assistance in addition to the already billions plopped down fighting the ongoing war on drugs.

The return for decades of investment: Massive numbers of their most impoverished nationals and anchor babies.

Worst Investment EVAH.
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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How refreshing! A thread that doesn't concern hispanics, who woulda thunk it?
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Old 09-21-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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Land of Opportunity? Why would Poles, or any OTHER foreign immigrant, be attracted to ARKANSAS, of all places?......
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Old 09-21-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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I think most immigrants go to where family before them have gone, also probably to places that are usually cheaper than most areas.
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