The Federation of Poles in Great Britain (Polish: Zjednoczenie Polskie w Wielkiej Brytanii) is an organisation established to promote the interests of Poles in the United Kingdom and to promote the history of Poland and the culture of Poland among the British people.
Detailed information about the goals and its general direction is contained in the Federation’s Statutes.
The Federation of Poles in Great Britain (FPGB) started in 1946, when the British Government formally withdrew recognition of the Polish Government in Exile. From that time until 1990, the Federation represented the interests of the Polish immigration with respect to British authorities.
Subsequent to the transfer of the Presidential Insignia by President Ryszard Kaczorowski to President Lech Wałęsa, some responsibilities were vested in The Federation. The Federation was recognised by both Polish and British governments, as well as other Polish organisations worldwide, as the organisation representing the Polish ethnic minority in Great Britain.
In 2008 the Federation submitted a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over claims that the Daily Mail ran a series of articles which “defamed” Poles. The PCC arranged a deal between the Federation and the Daily Mail, in which the Daily Mail promised to remove the “offending” articles from their website.
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The Federation was created to link the various Polish organisations and federations in Great Britain. Subsequently a change in the Statutes allowed for the introduction of Individual Membership. Members of the Polish ethnic minority, permanently resident in Great Britain, members of their families and all persons supporting the aims of The Federation can become individual members of The Federation. www.zpwb.org.uk
Following immigration after Poland’s accession to the EU, the Office for National Statisticsestimated 911,000 Polish-born residents in the UK in 2016, making Poles the largest overseas-born group, having outgrown the Indian-born population. The 2011 UK Censusrecorded 579,121 Polish-born residing in England, 18,023 in Wales, 55,231 in Scotland, and 19,658 in Northern Ireland.
Unofficial estimates have put the number of Poles living in the UK higher, at up to one million.
Polish national Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, was found guilty earlier this month of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.