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Polish now England’s second language

Over half a million people in England and Wales speak Polish, data from the UK 2011 Census reveals.

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Since the UK opened its borders in 2004 to Poles and other new EU members from central and eastern Europe, more people speak Polish in Britain than Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati, Arabic, French, Chinese and Portuguese.

In the British 2011 Census, a total of 546,000 people in England and Wales said Polish was their “main” language.

Ealing, in west London – the traditional base for Poles ever since WW II – is Britain’s Polish-speaking hot spot, reports the Guardian newspaper.

The census data shows that Poles are now the second largest group in the UK to be born abroad, behind Indians but ahead of those born in Pakistan, Ireland, Germany, Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Africa, US and Jamaica.

January 30, 2013 - Posted by | News | , ,

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