27 MAY 2011
THE number of Polish people living in the UK has increased from 75,000 to 521,000 in eight years.
EU expansion in 2004 gave Poles open access to Britain. Now Poles make up 69 per cent of immigrants coming from Central and Eastern Europe, data from the Office of National Statistics shows.
Polish immigration peaked in 2007 with almost 100,000 arrivals.
The number declined to around 40,000 in 2009. But the number leaving Britain fell too, with emigration falling from 54,000 to 29,000 between 2007 and 2009.
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