Polish Mexicans

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Polish Mexicans
polscy meksykanie
Muestra folklórica de la comunidad polaca de México (2).JPG
Folk dance by the Polish community of Mexico City
Total population
1,169 Poland-born residents (2015)[1]
Unknown number of Mexicans of Polish descent
Regions with significant populations
Mexico City, León, Guadalajara and Tijuana.
Christianity (Roman catholics), Judaism and Atheism.
Related ethnic groups
Other Polish diaspora

There is a Polish diaspora in Mexico. According to the 2005 intercensal estimate, there were 971 Polish citizens living in Mexico.[2] Furthermore, by the estimate of the Jewish community, there may be as many as 15,000 descendants of Jewish migrants from Poland living in Mexico.[3]

Migration history[edit]

Polish children that arrived as refugees in Santa Rosa, Guanajuato.

The first Poles arrived in Mexico during the French intervention in Mexico. In May 1942, Mexico declared war on Germany. To show solidarity with the Polish people, Mexico accepted in 1943 over 2,000 Polish refugees including 1,400 Polish orphans to settle in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. After the war, many of the refugees remained to live in Mexico.[4]

Many members of the Polish Jewish community trying to immigrate to the United States were refused entry; not wanting to return to Europe they requested asylum in Mexico, some ships were diverted to the Mexican territory and entered them through ports of Tampico, Veracruz and Puerto Progreso. A large part of the Ashkenazi Jewish community in Mexico was born in the Polish territory.

When Poland adopts a communist government, a second wave of Polish immigrants arrives in Mexico, who fled their government and again the asylum was given to numerous Polish citizens, they built a generation of Mexican Poles born in Mexico. A numerous Catholic community in Mexico before the persecution of the Polish communist government.

The Polish community from Mexico are the third largest community in Latin America, after Brazil and Argentina; They are currently one of the largest communities of Europeans in Mexico, they are a very prominent community in the arts, science, economy and politics of the country.


Notable Polish Mexicans[edit]

Notable Mexicans with Polish origins[edit]








See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Table 16: Total migrant stock at mid-year by origin and by major area, region, country or area of destination, 2015". United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Los extranjeros en México" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  3. ^ Poles in Mexico
  4. ^ Hacienda Santa Rosa: a Polish Refuge in Mexico

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