Belarusian minority in Poland is composed of 47,000 people according to the Polish census of 2011. This number decreased in the last decades from over 300,000 due to an active process of assimilation. Most of them live in the Podlaskie Voivodeship.

However, a small but unconfirmed Belarusian population is in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in western Poland. They may been assimilated in the Polish population, but Belarusian culture has not firmly disappeared in the whole of Poland since WWII.

The unusual weakness of the Belarusian identity is reinforced by a strong sense of religious distinctiveness of Polish-Catholic majority. The Belarusian minority is indeed becoming a de facto religious minority rather than ethnical, as evidenced by the growing popularity of self-identification “orthodox Pole”.

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