In re: The Mythical Polish Plumber

So a story I’ve always liked to follow is the Polish plumber which rose to mythic stature in France after it was used to represent the potential influx of workers from Eastern Europe. It was the Polish plumber among other issues (i.e. Turkey) that helped get a no vote on the EU constitution in France. The image has been then used in countless other countries on the same issue. (Times UK Story on Eastern Immigration) The Myth contintued to grow however as Poland smartly capitalized on the image and brought it into their tourism ad campaign with a sexy version of the Polish plumber portrayed. (See BBC story) Now most recently Switzerland seems to be facing the Polish plumber as they move towards opening up their labor markets to foreign workers. (See SwissInfo story)

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