“As we have come to realize in recent years, Poland is often portrayed in foreign media not entirely accurately, and we want to gently modify this picture,” the president of the Polish Press Agency said in an interview.
As he went on to say, the aim of the website’s creators is to “reach specific opinion-forming circles” with the help of social media.
Yes, I created my account today.
though I warn you: it's a long article. I emphatically DON'T suggest changing the link in the original submission to this reader-sleepiness-inducing paper. The original submission is much easier to read, and I just wanted to make sure it's based on real source. I found the source via: http://www.nordiclabourjournal.org/nyheter/news-2019/article... which I found via quick googling.
A relevant quote about Poland that I managed to find in an attempt at quick skimming is in Chapter 1, section "Main findings", bullet point 5:
"For the second consecutive year, Poland was the top OECD destination for temporary labour migrants, with 1.1 million new authorisations delivered to non-EU workers and 21 000 intra-EU posted workers. The United States remained the second most popular destination, with 691 000 new temporary workers in 2017."
Sorry for not linking to the particular Chapter & Section, but deep linking on the particular site seems broken to me (?).
Plus i have to say, there are also many people who come without those permissions, and they are not illegals: they have right to work as people born in the ex-Polish territory - pre-1939 - having so-called Karta Polaka.
Even Google doesn't pay that well in Warsaw. You're much better off getting some sort of pseudo-b2b arrangement to a local software house. That gives you a ridiculously low income tax rate of 19%, too.
Of course, B2B contracts are event better, mostly because of lower taxes but they have their own disadvantages (often they can be terminated within a week, you don't have PTOs etc.)
Still less than what you can make working remotely for western European companies.
Now with economy booming the employers are desperate with lack of workers and they are bringing them from wherever they can - Kazakhstan, India etc. Ukraine is the obvious source due to proximity and cultural similarities.
Also the country with the most independent radio stations and film freaks.
And BSD hackers.
From anegdotal evidence it doesn't seem that the influx has stopped, 5 years ago it was rare to hear anybody speaking Russian/Ukrainian on the street, now it's a daily ocurrence.
Ukrainian and Polish are very similar languages and after 1 year you can learn the other one and speak with no recognizable accent (my cousin's wife is Ukrainian and nobody realizes that till she tells them).
There are nationalists that do have problems with imigrtion from Ukraine and Russia, but they are a marginal minority, not unlike the nationalists in UK protesting Polish immigration. They don't represent the mainstream opinion and aren't a threat in 99.99% of situations.