October 02, 2006

Polish Influx

Since Poland joined the EU in 2004, young Poles have come to Edinburgh in their droves to work and save money. Recently, businesses catering to the Polish community have opened up, particularly in the Leith area, where I live. We now have Polish delis, Polish restaurants, Polish bars, Polish club nights and Polish Mass at the Catholic Church. You can also get Polish newspapers and Polish beer in the Pakistani owned corner shops - cross cultural mingling at its finest! It is thought that there are approximately 40,000 Poles living in Edinburgh - almost 10% of the city's population, and certainly on the streets and on the buses it has quickly become the city's second language.

1 comment:

Mark said...

One place I love is Bread & Olives in Queensferry Street. YUM!