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POLES APART

After the Brexit referendum, will the U.K.’s largest foreign-born community stay put?

JeyyLowe With reporting by Terry Greene Sterling in Phoenix

MOURNING AFTER: People attend a vigil for a Polish man who was killed in the English town of Harlow. Hate crimes surged after the U.K. voted to leave the EU on June 23.
CHRIS RADBURN/PA/AP

IT HAS BEEN nearly three months since Arek Jozwik, a 40-year-old Polish factory worker in Harlow, England, was killed after being punched to the ground in what police suspect is a hate crime. The Harlow police arrested six teenagers, five of whom were released because of insufficient evidence, while one has been released on bail. Two Polish police officers whom Warsaw dispatched to reassure Harlow’s Polish community have headed home, leaving Jozwik’s friends and family desperate for justice and deeply afraid. “We only stick together now. We only go to places where you know who is there,” says Eric Hind, a Polish close friend of Jozwik.

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25th November 2016