Generational conflict amongst Polish expats

In preparation for the meeting of all Polish Polonias (Polish expatriate communities in different countries, in short, Polish expats), the media has found some time to mention a rising conflict amongst various generations of Poles abroad. Why the surprise?
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The original expats found their way to various nations mostly in the time around WWII, thrown here and there by hurricanes of war. Many were connected to the military, carrying with them strong feelings of loyalty to nation, state, flag, anthem, formal structures (military and political). At that time, most were devout catholics and believed in a strict, formal and patriarchal family. They stayed abroad, had jobs, bought houses and bred kids. Two-three generations later, modern Poland has a large pool of pseudo-Poles living in countless nations, many of which do not speak the language, have little interest in their native homeland and pursue successful local lives. Others seek out information about Poland, learn the language, visit the state. Their parents and grandparents, still living run the multitude of organisations, charities, support “Polish” churches, attend mass and generally have a right-wing, pro-national stance and outlook on life, things and other people.
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The new wave of expats have no military nor combat past, they come from varied backgrounds and possess different levels of education. They do, however, share one common trait – they all left the country of their own volition, in pursuit of a better life, better incomes. To them, their country has betrayed their hopes and dreams, forcing them to emigrate, as good and well-paying jobs are few and far between. Hard working, they seek different things, often suffering modern slavery for a limited period (they hope), so that the (of so typical) Polish envelope filled with cash can be taken proudly home. They have little interest in things held sacred by the older&different generations that preceded them abroad.
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The conflict is one of time: absolutely-Catholic, right-wing, strong-government Poland, cherishing its history is a thing of the past and today’s nation is one torn by crises, weakened by bad rulers, robbed by criminals, politicians and “businesspeople” alike, with millions not benefitting from the promise of a new economic system. It chases people away.
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Many will stay away forever, collecting their families once they establish a decent life, everyone deciding that life away from “Polska” is better, safer, easier, wealthier, free from crap bureaucrats and the bullshit of our “politicians”, where money can be made and not lost to a useless tax system. What’s most important, life abroad can be planned, hopes created, overdrafts and mortgages taken out without having to sell-off own livers.
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The future of Polish expats belongs to the economic exiles, who have little or no attachment to and belief in, this weird country. As such, any attempts made by any governments (funny campaigns of “bring back the expats”) will fail, not because of bad marketing, but because it is those very politicians that drive people away. And nothing will come from the moaning so popular in Polish media and political circles, moaning about lost intellectual capital, lost taxes, lost national insurance, reduction of GDP and the reduction in skilled labourers (with the most popular questions: why do they pay taxes to other governments? who will suppoort us when we get old if everyone emigrates?).
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Why? Simple – the expats are running away from YOU, you political idiots.
Want to bring them back? Retire, quit, go pick strawberries in Denmark, but STOP “being a Polish politician”. Please?


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