28 Jan 2019 #181
15 years is, frankly speaking, more than long enough for migrants to apply for naturalization.
Not really. There are all sorts of reasons why people forgo naturalisation or whatever term you care to use. I have lived in Poland without a break for the last 27 years, and on-off for 4 years before that. Until 2012 I would have had to relinquish my British citizenship to attain Polish citizenship. I don't know about the Polish situation but I guess it was the same.
I am British and always will be - a Karta pobytu was enough for me - I was never going to give up my British passport for any nationalist Polish government recognition thanks very much. Some Brits obviously did, but my allegiance is to my queen, not to some overweight buffoon in a wood panelled government office in Warsaw. And I am sure many Poles in the UK felt the same in reverse - that's patriotism, and matters to some of us, wherever we choose to lay our hat. Forward planning as such doesn't come into it for me - I couldn't care less about state bureaucracy or what is expected of me. I have a Pesel number and my taxes are extorted from me in the same way as others, and I expect a lot of the Polish community in Britain feel exactly the same way about the hostile Home Office there. Having had some experience of that lot, having married during communism,I don't know what people are worried about, as governments can't force them out anyway as long as they are self sufficient, unless they murder someone.
That's what membership in the EU meant...you can live and study and work and retire everywhere without having to apply for any citizenship at all.
Thank you BB. The voice of logic. Hopefully May will get hers'. If the population backs her then I really will have to think twice about going back to "this royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle......" The beer and full English breakfast would stick in the throat.
And UK won't be in the EU no more, so your point isn't valid
I wouldn't bet the house on that just yet if I were you (Dougpol shakes head in horse-like fashion - hoping against hope that the majority of his compatriots haven't really mutated into the low-life xenophobic feral illiterates that they would appear to be if taken at face value)