Hot Spots: Enter the Polish

Jobs have lured so many Poles to Ireland, they're now the isle's largest group of nonnatives

Czarek Sokolowski / AP

Polish job-seekers, hoping to find work in Ireland, line up in Warsaw for a job fair featuring Irish construction companies.

When Anna Pas graduated from college last year, she figured her employment options were limited. "There weren't that many offers for someone in Poland with a philosophy degree," she explains. So Pas moved to Ireland and within a few months found herself launching, editing and co-owning Polski Express, a Polish-language fortnightly glossy magazine published in Ireland. It has been a whirlwind year. "I can't imagine this would be happening in Poland," gushes Pas, 25.

A lot of her compatriots feel the same way. While Poles have immigrated mainly to several European spots since the country joined the E.U. in 2004, nowhere...

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