Polish community in Ireland celebrates 20th anniversary of Poland joining the UE

Aneta Kubas from the arm of of Barka For Mutual Help IE and other representatives of Polish community in Ireland took part in a meeting with Minister of State for Community Development, Integration and Charities Joe O’Brien TD in Leinster House on 1.05.2024 to mark the 20th anniversary of Poland joining the EU and summarise the experiences of the 123,000 Polish migrants who have made Ireland their home. Among others problems the issue of Easter Europeans homelessness was discussed.

“We know that there’s a documented pattern of discrimination against Eastern Europeans, among them Polish workers, who earn 40% less than their Irish counterparts. And we know that migrants are disproportionately falling into homelessness with one in four newly presented homeless being EU migrants. The Dublin-based Polish homeless organisation ‘Barka’ is expanding to Limerick and Cork due to increased demands for services, with Romanians and Poles most often seeking support” Barnaba Dorda, Chair of Forum Polonia said.

We invite you to see the photo relation from this special event. Photo credit to Monika Chmielarz.