Ambassador tells Poles in UK ‘to come back’

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Poland’s ambassador to the U.K., Arkady Rzegocki (center) speaks on September 3, 2016 at the shopping center where Arek Jozwik was killed, in Harlow, Essex | Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Envoy writes to Poles, encouraging them to ‘seriously consider’ returning to their homeland.

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Poland’s ambassador to the U.K. has written to around 800,000 Poles living in Britain urging them to “seriously consider” returning home in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Arkady Rzegocki told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program that Brexit is “a very good opportunity to come back … Nowadays you can achieve your goals in both Britain and Poland.”

“The rapidly growing economy of our country creates more and more opportunities for citizens for development and good living conditions,” his letter says.

Rzegocki, who has been Poland’s ambassador to the U.K. since 2016, also reminded the Poles that they have to register for so-called settled status in order to remain in Britain.

“To date, around 27 percent of Poles living in the British Isles have applied for settled status,” he wrote. “This is an alarmingly low level, meaning that thousands of Polish citizens may be exposed to complications related to the lack of regulating their status.”

Last year, 116,000 Poles left the U.K., according to the Office for National Statistics, and Rzegocki expects that number to rise.

“You can see that there is such a big discussion among Poles and some of them decide to come back,” he told the BBC.

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