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I would urge caution regarding having many people move to Poland

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Submitted by Anon (United States), Jul 2, 2018 at 16:51

I doubt the Poles want the character of their main cities to change or even for certain quarters of their main cities to change. They might feel especially threatened by it due to seeing the harm caused by mass immigration to Western Europe's identity and character.

I've seen the people of Majorca complain they are being colonized by the English.

I note that even the English felt there are too many Poles(!) coming to England, changing the character of some towns, despite their common European heritage, despite their similar attire. Now imagine how much it would get people's backs up were Poles to adhere to a uniform dress code which serves to highlight their separate identity.

It then hardly makes sense that Poles would feel comfortable with large numbers of orthodox/ultra-orthodox Jews coming from outside Poland to live in Polish cities, driving up housing prices, when their very attire highlights what separates them from the local Poles. I would urge great caution and encourage orthodox or ultra-orthodox Jews who feel uncomfortable in their Islamicized countries to move to Israel, where they can blend in better.

Similarly, it might be better if they do not move to Tel-Aviv, which is proudly secular and would not welcome a change in its character. I watched on Israeli television a bearded ultra-orthodox man defend their moving into a secular neighborhood in an Israeli town, arguing with a secular Israeli woman and explaining to her "we will be a majority in this neighborhood and in every town!". I gather that the religious now want sirens to sound on Friday in Tel-Aviv to signal that the Sabbath is about to begin.

This all highlights the risks involves with taking in large numbers of people who look/dress/think differently.


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About 1.2 million Ukrainians have moved to Poland in recent years without protest because they are culturally akin. German pensioners are not so culturally close but a lot richer. I expect they would find Poland welcoming.

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Well Founded Fear. [186 words]
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Temprarily living and working in another country does not actually make one an immigrant. [97 words]Anon.Jul 23, 2018 17:32243846
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Correct stance [154 words]AnonJul 15, 2018 15:05243744
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That is not the case. [539 words]Anon.Jul 16, 2018 15:44243639
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I would urge caution regarding having many people move to Poland [291 words]
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AnonJul 2, 2018 16:51243570
I was thinking specifically of ethnicities who look very different [45 words]AnonJul 3, 2018 18:24243570
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1Funny how the tables have turned. Poles once the butt of Polack jokes, now show more sanity than the rest of EU [65 words]kmanJul 1, 2018 23:30243562
Poles' historic good relations with Muslims ? [1 words]
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8On needing to justify a ban on Muslim immigration [585 words]PrashantJul 1, 2018 20:15243557
....immigrants are easy targets....who really decides their fates.... [462 words]M ToveyJul 5, 2018 12:48243557
Just imagine if the U.K hadn't taken in countless Muslims, how differently it would have felt about Syria [169 words]AnonJul 1, 2018 18:36243556

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