Workers from Poland are an important backbone of London’s economy, in particular for the building trade.
But with the Brexit decision looming, many Poles are now worried about their future in the UK.
An estimated 3.6 million EU-born migrants live in the UK. But as Britain prepares for BREXIT, EU citizens must apply for a new legal lifeline to remain, known as settled status. A growing number of EU nationals who ought to qualify automatically are being refused for bureaucratic reasons. Like 55-year old Anna Amato, who has lived in England since she was two years old.
There are more Polish workers in Germany than the UK for the first time in over a decade. Germany is closer, pays more and is less uncertain for many, while Warsaw also wants to tempt people to come home.
Germany's chancellor congratulated Boris Johnson on his victory, but then warned EU leaders of a possible "economic competitor on our door" as Brexit materializes. She also defended Poland's exemption from new CO2 goals.
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