LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- To learn why hundreds of thousands of Polish citizens have emigrated to England and stayed, Polish parliament member Artur Debski has done the same.
Debski is living as a migrant in London on 100 pounds per week ($166) and looking for a job and a residence after arriving a on a low-cost airliner over the weekend. He intends to visit an employment center to find work.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do here. I’m 45 years old and my English isn’t great. I’ll have to work with my hands, in a kitchen, perhaps," he said.
Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, over a million citizens, mostly young, have moved at least temporarily to Britain, despite Poland’s relatively robust economy.
“I want to see why the systems in Britain are working and why they’re not in Poland. I want to see why people in Britain are happy and we Poles are not. We need to tell Poland and our government what works in the U.K.,” said Debski, a member of the liberal Your Movement party.
A poll by the research firm Ipsos indicated 72 percent of Poles who move to Britain stay.
“He must be bored to death in parliament and needs some adventure,” said author Ewa Winnicka, who has written on the Polish migration to Britain. “This is nothing more than a PR stunt for his party.”