17:02 GMT09 August 2020
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    Polish Foreign and Interior Ministers, Witold Waszczykowski and Mariusz Blaschak, called on their British counterparts Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd to guarantee safety to the Poles living in the United Kingdom.

    LONDON (Sputnik) — On Monday, the polish ministers urgently arrived in London as they were concerned with recent attacks on Polish men. In August, a polish man died after three teenagers attacked a group of Poles in the city of Harlow, Essex. During the weekend, two more Poles were attacked in the same city.

    "We reminded the representatives of the British government that the Poles are very well integrated into British society and deserve respect. For decades, a large Polish community in the United Kingdom has not experienced any problems, but after a referendum some cases began to occur… They pay taxes and deserve to be protected," Waszczykowski told reporters.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, decided to support Brexit.

    Shortly after the referendum, cards with the "No more Polish Vermin" slogans were sent to the Polish community members in Huntington, south-east England, which prompted the police to launch an investigation. In parallel, a derogatory four-letter-word graffiti was discovered on the front entrance of the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) in London’s Hammersmith district, where quite a number of Poles are residing.

    Amid the rise in xenophobic incidents, then UK Prime Minister David Cameron reassured his Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo that the UK authorities were doing everything possible to protect the Poles living in the country.

    The Polish community in the United Kingdom, the largest migrant population of EU nationals in the country, amounts to over one million people.


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