Nearly a quarter of Poles are keen to go abroad in search of employment, a study published Wednesday reveals.
The 'Social Diagnosis 2005' study revealed 22.5 per cent of Poles already working are nevertheless interested in working abroad.
Some 24 per cent of jobless individuals were also keen to pack-up to find work outside Poland where the jobless rate hovers around 18 per cent - the highest in the 25-member European Union.
The majority, 41 per cent, would prefer to work in neighbouring Germany, followed by 26 per cent in Britain and some seven per cent in Ireland.
The study also shows three-quarters of Poles now feel healthy and happy compared to the 57 per cent that declared such sentiments during the tumultuous early 1990s after the 1989 collapse of communism.
"Poles are also healthier," author of the study Professor Janusz Czaplinski said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.
"There has been a decline in the number of smokers and the number of smoked cigarettes," he noted but warned of a dramatic rise in narcotics and alcohol consumption by teenage girls.