Every country has its own vision and policy as far as migration problems are concerned. It means that Poland has also the right to select or not to select its possible future citizens, as not all migrants in Poland will obtain citizenship. Anyway, Poland can already think about new inhabitants of its territory.
But even if Poland does not want to admit foreigners and if it secures the borders and introduces the pro-family policy (using the EU funds), the citizens of all countries in the world are in constant movement. So we can say that even if Poland does not wish that, there will be less Poles and still more foreigners here.
We know that for ages the Poles have been migrating, sometimes on permanent basis. Once I have heard a nice expression: “the Poles are not geese, have a tongue of their own.” Now I would like to say: “the Poles are not geese, have a brain of their own and that is why they choose their place of residence on this globe themselves.”
So if the Poles have and enjoy having their own choice (in this case it is the choice of the place of residence), why should other nations not have it, too? It is safe to say that even if all Polish embassies in other countries try to make the procedures of issuing visas (or of issuing residence cards in 16 provinces) difficult, there still will be more and more foreigners in Poland.
Well, if they will be coming anyway (even despite the wishes of the receiving country, because they always find a way to get to Poland), how come that Poland cannot/does not want to select them now? In a controlled way and at its own discretion?
Do the inhabitants of any particular part of the world “suit” Poland better?
The answer is very easy! The inhabitants of Vietnam! Why? Certainly not because the author of this text is a Polish citizen of Vietnamese origin as he has almost no say as far as this issue is concerned. Apart from the opportunity of expressing his opinion on this website.
It will be more profitable! Simply! For Poland and for Vietnam.
Now many people will probably say: Oh no, if we are to admit immigrants, let us take the Ukrainians. They are our neighbours, they have similar (Slavic) soul and perhaps they will learn Polish quickly. It means that they will assimilate faster.
Well, are they actually foreigners, immigrants from different parts of the world? Their physical appearance does not differ from Poles. Perhaps Ukraine will soon join the European Union, so Ukrainians will no longer be “foreigners”? They are almost the EU citizens, they will be able to travel freely in the EU, and they will probably leave Poland for other countries, just as the Poles do now. It does not necessarily have to be Ireland or England. Maybe it will be Spain, but it will be the matter of their personal choice, not Poland’s business.
So let us choose people living further, not the closest neighbours.
I have no objection to the citizens of Arabian countries, but after the incidents in Australia and France the Poles themselves are not willing to invite them to their country.
So maybe let us take the Chinese? There is a lot of them in the world, almost one and a half billion. But I heard that China is thought to be a great country, aspiring to be a world power, and Poles are allergic to the “world powers” (the case of defence of citizens), so it does not have to work.
And there are the Vietnamese. Of course, they are not perfect, too. But the Poles already have some experience concerning them. It is a rather peaceful nation. Reportedly, even some municipal guards are able to frighten them by controlling the legality of their residence permits in the streets of every town in Poland (although such activities should be a duty of the border guards). If the citizens of Vietnam do not know the regulations of Polish law, they should just be made aware of them gradually. Usually, they are not able to rebel against the authorities. In fact, they are not able to rebel against any authorities, even in a different system than the one that is functioning in Poland.
Perhaps the Vietnamese are tired with wars, and they just want to lead a peaceful life in Poland, to work, earn a living for their families (who very often are still in Vietnam, because it is not easy for them to come to Poland). They live in a free, democratic Poland. Some of them are aware that the Vietnamese paid too high a price for the unification of their country, which had not been divided by them but by the presidents of other big countries. Some Vietnamese were given the weapon by the countries of the Warsaw Pact (and China), some by the Western countries. And so they were fighting – the guinea pigs of all weapons and war tactics, also the guerrilla warfare.
We all know that the West helped Poland a lot during the process of gaining liberty and democracy. So why wouldn’t Poland help Vietnam? Poland is now playing a very important role in the EU and in the world. So it can do that.
Poland has the especially big potential and possibilities to help the Vietnamese. There are 35.000 Vietnamese living in Poland. In Vietnam, there are 5.000 people who have studied in Poland; they can speak Polish and they still have good memories of their life in this country. Those people think of Poland as of their second homeland.
According to the statistics – 5.000 Vietnamese are Polish citizens. Certainly, it makes them proud. Well, perhaps not all of them have learned the Polish national anthem, but they are probably all proud to listen to “Dąbrowski’s Mazurka.” The receipt of the decision to grant the Polish citizenship means a lot for the Vietnamese; it is an honour that remains a dream for many of their compatriots. One of my friends, who graduated from a university in Poland, says that he was waiting for 8 years to receive such a decision.Three times he applied for the Polish citizenship to the President of the Republic of Poland. He was not discouraged by 2 rejections.
As I have already mentioned, there are 35.000 Vietnamese living in Poland nowadays.If Poland allows for the arrival of just as many Vietnamese, there will be just 70.000 of them.
And even if there will be 100.000 Vietnamese in Poland? Is it such a big number in comparison to the millions of Poles who live abroad or a million that is preparing to leave Poland soon?
By Ngo Hoang Minh
Translation: Alicja Kosim