Immigration as recorded by official Polish sources displayed an astonishingly stable pattern in the post-war period - annual inflows ranged from 1,500 to 3,000. Since 1945, virtually all highly developed Western countries have experienced relatively large-scale immigration. Ethnic Poles and their family members migrating to Poland on the basis of repatriation resolution issued by Polish government in Summer 1996. The Polish government’s resolution on repatriation states that ‘persons who can prove Polish origin and are officially invited by local governments in Poland will receive a repatriation visa and permanent resident status. “For the average European observer, the ratio between positive and negative decisions on permanent residence permit applications issued in Poland may seem rather peculiar. The majority of asylum seekers in Poland consist of people who were detained on either the eastern or western border, elsewhere in the country or after having been deported from Germany.