Poland, 2030

Looking back at Poland over 10 years ago, it was struck by many issues such as low unemployment rates and high divorce rates. In 2030, it remains as a nation whose issues need international cooperation to help solve. Poland took the brunt of three main issues in the past that still affects the nation to this day.  Poland was subject to high unemployment rates, targeting the younger citizens in particular. Poland unfortunately had a health care system that was below par. Poland also had a large dependence on coal-mining. By examining these three issues, we are able to see how it shaped Poland into the nation it is today.

                                              High Unemployment Rates

Poland's employment rates today in 2030 require aid from international countries. Almost two million Poles reside abroad for more than three months each year, with about two-thirds living outside the country for more than a year, according to the Poland Statistical Office. Most emigrants are younger than 35, and many come from four of the poorest eastern regions in Poland. Although the country’s economy grew in real terms by 81 percent between 1990 and 2010, gaps between the poorest and wealthiest regions continue to widen. Poverty remains a real issue, especially for families with many children, youth, seniors, and low-income rural households. The financial crisis of 2008 resulted in an economic slowdown in Poland, as it did in many other European countries. Unemployment doubled in the past five years to 14 percent. Some 26 percent of Polish households say their regular income is insufficient to meet their needs, while nearly 63 percent of households do not have any savings, according to research from the Polish Statistical Association. Almost 15 years later, Poland still needs a solution to resolve their unstable and dangerously low employment rates. It is pivotal that the international community steps in and offers a solution to help the citizens of Poland to meet their needs and support themselves and their families. With the international community’s aid, Poland can find a solution to this economic conflict and get back on track.

                                                Poor Healthcare System

Poland's much flawed health care system also requires aid from the international community. Poland is said to have one of the worst healthcare systems in Europe. The Euro Health Consumer Index finds that Poland has one of the worst access to the most up-to-date drugs, has one of the highest mortality rates from cancer and one of the longest waiting times for an appointment with a doctor or treatment at a hospital. The Netherlands has the best health system ahead of Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg and Belgium. Only Hungary, Albania, Macedonia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia rank below Poland. So ultimately, Poland ranked 27th out of 34 medical services included in Europe. Almost 15 years later, Poland still needs a solution to resolve their counter-productive and inefficient health care system for the health and well-being of its citizens. It is important that the international countries help out by helping Poland supply its hospital with up-to-date medication to save lives of the Poles who are sick. With the international community's aid, Poland can gain access to current and up-to-date medication to resolve the many health issues going on in Poland.

                                             Dependence on Coal-Mining

Poland is a country rich with natural resources and is currently a large producer in this area globally. However, in order to keep these resources environmentally conscious and plentiful, Poland must work to protect them. In joining the European Union, Poland faced a need to meet environmental standards. In order to meet the demands, Poland agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% in 2015. In order to do this, Poland must cut back on greenhouse gas emission for coal-mining factories. The EU stated that this would cost the country about $£900m. This was a little risky for Poland, since it was possible that this decision may harm their economy. Poland still needs a solution to resolve their coal-dependence issue and international assistance is needed to offer solutions and proposals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions without yielding extremely high prices for electricity in the future, or the transfer of industry outside Poland's borders. With the international community's aid, Poland can find a solution to their coal-dependence issues.

                                             Conclusion

We were able to examine these issues and seek resolutions. The rising unemployment rates, the poor health care system, and the dependence on coal-mining are issues that still haunt Poland to this day in 2030. These are all issues that can negatively affect the country if they are left unresolved. With the aid of the international community, Poland can bond with other international countries to together resolve the issues still affecting Poland today.

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