Up to 200,000 Poles may return from UK following Brexit: ministry
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Poland could see between 100,000 and 200,000 Poles returning back home after the UK leaves the European Union, the Polish Development Ministry has said.
It is estimated that up to one million Poles live in Britain, the majority of whom emigrated there after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. The Polish community comprises the largest migrant population of EU nationals based in Britain.
“The situation around Brexit combined with improvement in the socio-economic situation in Poland may mean that some Poles (an estimate of 100,000-200,000) presently living in Great Britain will decide to return,” Poland's Development Ministry was quoted as saying by Reuters, in a reply to a question by a member of parliament.
The UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in June 2016.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to invoke Article 50 of the European Union treaty to exit the bloc in March.