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Polish minority in Romanian Bukovina

According to different sources there are between four and ten thousands descendants of Polish emigrants living in Romania. Most of them are settled in Bukovina, in small villages where Polish language is still spoken and old traditions are maintained.They started to arrive in search of work from different parts of Southern Poland during Habsburg Monarchy. Most of Poles living in big cities like Bucharest, Jassy and Constanta are assimilated. There are fears among Polish emigrant activists that Polish colonies won't survive in new reality of European Union. Many inhabitants of villages leave their homes in search of work in richer countries of EU and in Poland.

The reportage was created for Museum of Emigration that will be open in 2014 in Gdynia.


Przemysław Kozłowski