According to estimated data from the Polish Foreign Ministry, approximately 18 million Poles and persons of Polish origin resided outside of Poland in 2013 (whereas, according to data from 2011, 37,394,000 of Poles, or 97.09% of the population lived in Poland).
Poles constitute the sixth largest diaspora in the world. Percentagewise, it is only superseded by the Irish, Jewish, Armenian, Albanian and Portuguese diasporas, but larger than those of the Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian or Chinese nations.
Our diaspora is also highly dispersed – we are present at the far reaches of the globe.
The size and dispersion of the Polish diaspora is a potential that the Polish Network seeks to mobilize, integrate and utilise.