In IT Judge apologises for saying social welfare a Polish charity by GENEVIEVE CARBERY Last I looked Irish poverty risks were still lower than in the UK for both employed and jobless, in fact the UK has a comparable rate to Poland where as the Irish risk of being in poverty is close to Germany. The UK is one of the harshest environments in the EU for the bottom decile, the cost of living is high (unlike Poland) and benefits are amongst the lowest in the EU, it also has an inscrutable and complex benefits system that takes some mastering. I'm familiar with Poland, it's and up and coming country but the incentives for youth migration are huge given the high differentials in the EU. A lot of Poles are also now familiar with Ireland and despite high unemployment may prefer to scrape along the bottom there occasionally doing the double. They are obviously filling lots of low wage jobs and now outnumber Brits living there despite the frequent family connections with the larger island. Irish unemployment is about double the UK levels but given the poverty risk differentials what I find a little strange is there aren't more long term unemployed Brits heading to the RoI to be called a fat Brit ******? They speak roughly the same language, it's not wildly different from home and the benefits are even now significantly better. A diligent chap can even live up near the border and claim on both sides. I can only conclude they are too lazy to better their condition or have not yet despaired of finding work.