– Data provided by the Polish Chamber of Commerce shows that there are 40 000 Polish companies in Britain. For them, Brexit would mean serious obstacles in economic activity, as well as in establishing new companies – says Dariusz J. Olszewski, expert of Employers of Poland in socioeconomic affairs. The Polish Institute of International Affairs estimates that Brexit may mean a return ticket to Poland for 400 000 emigrants. Other experts say that our compatriots will take a shorter route to Norway.
The ones who may be most affected by Brexit are those who have lived in Britain the shortest. According to the local law, one may apply for permanent residence after 5 years. Those who are not granted such a right, will most likely have to apply for visas. Should they be denied, they will have to leave the UK. The Polish Institute of International Affairs estimate that as many as 120-400 000 Poles may be forced to leave the UK.