How many Poles moved into the "Recovered Territories" after the end of World War II?

Futurist

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How many Poles moved into the "Recovered Territories" after the end of World War II?

How many Poles moved into the "Recovered Territories" after the end of World War II?

For the record, the "Recovered Territories" are the territories that Poland acquired after the end of World War II which were not a part of Poland in 1939; in other words, they are the yellow and gray (Danzig) territories on this map:



I am curious about this information due to the fact that I want to compare this Polish migration to the U.S.'s westward migration over the last 200 years.
 
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Ich bin ein Stettiner
Well pretty much almost all population after 1945 was from immigration.
According to this:
http://static.polityka.pl/_resource/res/path/36/66/3666f917-3a3e-4ac4-ab4d-25dc2b437f6d_600x (source for the pic is at the bottom of the picture)
In 1948 there were 935 thousands people who lived there before(some of them Poles, some of them Germans), 3,8 milions of immigrants(from other lands of Poland, and USSR too - we talking mostly about Poles), 235 thousands "re-immigrants"(no idea what was composition of that group) and over half of milion little kids who most probably were already born there after their parents emmigrated there.

I will try to find something more valuable, I actually lived a long time in Stettin(and love that city - there are even still some old germans writting on the walls!), and now I work in "Schneidemühl"(Piła in polish)
 

MAGolding

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I would guess that the number of Poles who moved into those "recovered territories" after 1945 would be approximately the number of Poles who moved out of the various "lost territories" in the east that were annexed by the USSR after WWII.

Settling the "recovered territories" with the Polish refugees from the east might make them have to travel farther to their new homes but it would probably inconvenience the Poles living in the middle regions of Poland the least.
 
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1950 origin of population by province (post-war provinces):

Some provinces included both areas that were parts of Poland in 1939 and areas that were parts of Germany in 1939:
(Gdansk Voivodeship in 1950 included pre-1939 "Polish Corridor", former Free City Danzig, and a few more counties)



1950 origin of population by county in the Regained Lands:

LEGEND:



Gdansk Pomerelia (only recovered part), by county:



Warmia-Masuria Province, by county:



Western Pomerania, by county:
(Koszalin and Szczecin regions)



Lubuskie Province, by county:



Lower Silesia Province, by county:



Opolskie & West Upper Silesia, by county:

 
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Futurist

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Excellent research, information, and data! :D Merci beaucoup, RP! :)

It looks like in the far western provinces of post-WWII Poland, a third or more of the total population in 1950 lived east of the Curzon Line before the start of WWII in September 1939.
 

Futurist

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BTW, do you think that more Poles from west of the Curzon Line would have settled in the Recovered Territories in the extremely unlikely event that Stalin, for whatever reason, would have allowed Poland to keep the Kresy after the end of WWII?
 

Futurist

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Where did all of these maps and data come from? The original sources, I mean.
 
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It looks like in the far western provinces of post-WWII Poland, a third or more of the total population in 1950 lived east of the Curzon Line before the start of WWII in September 1939.
This is the summary data for all of the Recovered Territories in 1950:

Total 1950 population - 5,936,489 - including:

Local (autochthons) - 1,165,632 - including:

West Upper Silesia* - 798,557
Warmia and Masuria - 115,429
Pomerania** & north Lubusz - 134,773
Lower Silesia & south Lubusz - 116,873

*Pre-1939 German Upper Silesia including Opole.
**Includes Pomerelia, Danzig & West Pomerania.

From Eastern Kresy - 1,594,992
Elsewhere abroad*** - 153,664
Unknown / not reported - 107,219

From pre-war Poland west of Curzon Line:

In total - 2,914,982 - including:

1) Cracow Province - 259,524
2) Rzeszów Province - 258,703
3) Katowice Province**** - 179,485
4) Polish Corridor/Kashubia - 99,541
5) Lubawa-Działdowo - 26,076
6) Bydgoszcz Province - 256,204
7) Poznań Province - 368,483
8) Białystok Province - 155,869
9) Warsaw Province - 348,528
10) Warsaw City - 160,820
11) Lublin Province - 257,954
12) Kielce Province - 288,128
13) Łódź Province - 222,697
14) Łódź City - 32,970

1) and 2) together is basically Galicia (except for East Galician areas annexed by the Soviet Union - people from these areas are included in Kresy category).

4), 5) and 6) counted together are areas basically equal to pre-1939 Pomorskie Voivodeship of Poland: Pomeranian Voivodeship (1919–1939) - Wikipedia

***Elsewhere abroad includes for example Poles from France, Poles from West Germany (returning "Ruhrpolen"), Poles from Yugoslavia, Polish-Americans, etc.
****Katowice Voivodeship (province) is basically pre-1939 Polish part of Upper Silesia, or the so called East Upper Silesia as it was labelled by the Germans.
 
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