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  • 13 May 2019

    Consular Agency of the Republic of Poland in Erbil on May 9 hosted Poles living in Kurdistan Region & other areas of the Republic of Iraq as well as friends of our country for the celebrations marking Polish National Flag Day & Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad Day. In their address Ambassador Beata Pęksa and Consul Dominik Musiał both referred to the meaning of May 2 as National Flag Day and Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad Day. They have offered their best wishes to fellow citizens living in Iraq and all friends of Poland and Polish people.

    The red-and-white colors were first recognized as national colors on 3 May 1792, on the first anniversary of the signing of the May Constitution. They were officially adopted as the colors of the Polish State by the Sejm of the Kingdom of Poland in 1831, during the November Uprising. After Poland regained independence, the design of the Polish flag was approved by the Legislative Sejm on 1 August 1919.



    Poland’s government recognizes the special role of the Polish diaspora and considers the cooperation with Polish communities abroad to be one of its priorities. Ca. 20 million Poles and people of Polish origin currently live outside Poland. Many of them remained in the eastern territories after the state’s borders shifted, whereas others moved abroad more recently and make up Polish communities in Western countries. The largest Polish community is in the United States, where over 9.6 million people declared to be of Polish origin in 2012.


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