Trevena, Paulina and Eldring, Line
Polish construction in the wake of EU enlargement
CLR News, (2), .
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Since 1 May 2004 there has been a massive migration from Poland to the West. Polish authorities do not have an overview of the total number, but statistics from the receiving countries document a huge outflow of labour from Poland2. According to some sources, at least 250,000 skilled construction workers had migrated in the first two years after EU enlargement3. In 2004 Poland had a considerable surplus of labour in construction. For the construction industries in Western Europe that were experiencing a huge upswing this provided excellent opportunities to recruit labour from Poland – to an extent that few had anticipated before the EU expansion. Less is known about the development in the construction sector in Poland, and the purpose of this article is to provide updated information and insight into the current situation.
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