ABSTRACT

Immigration has been one of the most advantageous factors and a power behind economic restructuring throughout the world. Citizens of the former Soviet Union visiting Poland to shop fostered local economic growth. Since 1993, when the price relations between Poland and the former Soviet Union changed and selling products made in the former USSR became less profitable, they started to buy goods in Poland for resale in their home countries. Border traffic statistics show that the unexpected geographic population movements resulted in the number of arrivals of foreigners in Poland to soar tenfold between 1989 and 1999. It is clear that the increase in the cross-border movement by foreigners across Poland’s borders was far more dramatic than by Poles themselves. As far as numbers of visitors from the former Soviet Union are concerned, in 1989 fewer than 3 million of them entered Poland.