A Christmas Present for the American Polonia

Television debate about the American Polish diaspora

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«Kuryer Polski» would like to give you a Christmas present in the form of a debate on the state of the American Polish diaspora as the eighth largest ethnic group living in the United States.

NOTE: The debate was conducted in Polish and the embedded video has no English subtitles.

According to the last few censuses, the Polish diaspora is estimated at around 10 million, of which over 90% of this population are American citizens of Polish descent, voting in the US elections. This is a group that cannot be underestimated in American politics. It accounts for almost 3% of the American population. It is the second largest ethnic group, after the Germans, originally from Central Europe and is the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States.

Americans of Polish descent are richer than the average American ($79,000 compared to the average of $63,000 in terms of family income) and are better educated (36% compared to 28% have graduated from university). "The majority (71%) declare to belong to the Roman Catholic Church." (Polish Americans Today: A Survey of Modern Polonia Leadership, Piast Institute Study, 2013)

The following representatives of important Polish media in the USA participated in the debate on the state of the Polish diaspora in the United States in early December 2021:

  • Nick Sadowski — Marketing strategist, communication and brand management expert. Former editor-in-chief of Nowy Dziennik, Polish Daily News in New York.

  • Darek Barcikowski — Co-founder, managing partner, publisher of Biały Orzeł (While Eagle), Secretary of the American Polish Advisory Council and member of its Executive Committee; Vice-chairman of the Ethnic Coordination Council of the National Committee of the Democratic Party; Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Connecticut.

  • Marek Bober — Editor-in-chief of several newspapers in the USA, including Polska Gazeta (The Polish Newspaper) and Dziennik Chicagowski (Chigago Daily). Currently he is the editor-in-chief of Kurier Chicago and Radio Polonia 2000, as well as of the new internet television PNN24TV.

  • Waldemar Biniecki — Co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of Kuryer Polski in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Permanent columnist and correspondent for Tygodnik Solidarność. American media correspondent in Poland. Member of the Association of Polish Journalists in Warsaw.

The debate took place on the platform of the new Polish community television from Chicago under the name PNN24TV and was held courtesy of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

The debate summarized the current state of the American Polonia and outlined the most important needs for the future. This debate initiated the first step in the discussion about the future of the American Polonia. The participants expressed the need to conduct subsequent rounds of the same debate with the participation of other representatives of the Polish diaspora.

Kuryer Polski will be a co-organizer of subsequent debates to which we are now inviting you.

Please send a link to this debate to all your friends and share it on your social media. Think about your children's future in the United States.

Translated from Polish by Andrew Woźniewicz.

About 20 million people of Polish origin live outside Poland. These are people who left the country or were born outside of Poland, but show attachment to Polish origin and ties with the Polish culture.

Polish Americans Today
Waldemar Biniecki

It is with real pleasure that I study the latest research entitled "Polish Americans Today," about the American Polonia, sent to me by their author, Dr. Dominik Stecula — a professor of political science at the Colorado State University.

Proposals for the Polish Diaspora
Stanisław Andrzej Michalkiewicz

It is no secret that the sizeable Polish diaspora abroad does not play as strong a political role in the countries of its settlement as it could play, like other minorities, such as the Jewish, Italian, or German. It would be of benefit to it, first of all, because it would allow it to pursue its interests more effectively – but it could also turn out to be beneficial for Poland, because – as I had ample opportunity to find out – the Polish community is very patriotic.


I must admit that this text has been in the back of my mind for several years. I have not written it earlier out of concern for the good name of the Polish community in America, of which I am an integral part, but recently some situations just irritate me.


It is time to create professional, pro-Polish lobbying in strategic countries for Poland, and to invest in the collapsing Polish diaspora media. The network of Polish diaspora media and strategically connected organizations in countries important to Poland is an important step and the most important priority that nobody talks about. The Polish diaspora around the world has the potential that can not only help strategically support Polish interests, but also help change the image of Poland.