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Polish Immigrants in Iceland Return Home

Owner of Polish grocery store Mini-Market in the Reykjavík suburb of Breidholt, Piotr Pawel Jakubek, says many of his countrymen are returning to Poland because of the worsening economic situation in Iceland and improved working conditions in Poland.

“My turnover has reduced by 30 percent in the last few months and that should confirm this development,” Jakubek told Morgunbladid.

Jakubek added it is mostly caused by the depreciation of the ISK. “The salaries have also increased considerably in Poland. Workers are simply getting the same pay there now as workers in Iceland.”

According to Jakubek, contractors that are running into financial trouble are also a factor. “So many have shut down or gone bankrupt and many workers have not been able to find new jobs […]. They say there is a crisis here in Iceland but I think it is just about to begin.”

At the same time the economic situation in Poland and the quality of life has improved. “It is a whole other situation. […] But I don’t think everyone is leaving; it is mainly workers who have come here for a short period of time and don’t have families in Iceland.”

Click here to read more about immigrant workers leaving Iceland.

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