400,000 foreigners in Poland: officials
PR dla Zagranicy
The number of foreign nationals with residence permits in Poland has reached 400,000, setting a new record for the country, according to the government Office for Foreigners.
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The figure grew from 372,000 at the beginning of this year.
Over the last two years, the number of foreigners staying in Poland for a longer period of time has increased by 100,000, the agency said.
The data do not include persons staying in Poland temporarily, e.g. on the basis of visas.
Poland-based foreigners predominantly comprise men under the age of 40. Most foreigners live in the regions of Mazovia, Lower Silesia, Greater Poland and Silesia, i.e. those with the most job offers.
Ukrainians account for the largest group of foreigners with the right to long-term residence, numbering nearly 200,000. They are followed by Belarusians, totalling 23,000. Their number has grown by 170 percent over the last two years.
The next largest groups of foreigners living in Poland are Germans (21,300) and Russians (12,200).
Apart from Ukrainians and Belarusians, the largest influx of foreigners to Poland was recorded for Indian nationals. Their number has reached 9,500, which is 170 percent more than two years ago.