Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba denies reports that his ministry allegedly banned Ukrainians from traveling abroad for seasonal work. This was stated by the Minister in an interview with LB.ua.
"The Foreign Ministry has never dealt with the issue of seasonal workers leaving abroad. We do not have this competence. And, accordingly, we could not and did not take any decisions to ban their departure," Kuleba said.
The Foreign Ministry is now collecting requests from states that need seasonal workers from Ukraine, and sending information to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, who enters into a dialogue with these countries and discusses the conditions for the transfer.
According to the minister, several foreign ministers of other countries called him and informed about the need for seasonal workers from Ukraine. Kuleba discussed with his foreign colleagues how to deal with a situation where there is a demand for Ukrainian workers on the one hand and coronavirus on the other. Then he said that during a pandemic, any trip is a risk to life, but the public misunderstood him.
But in general, labor migration has never been someone's separate zone of responsibility, it was a spontaneous, chaotic process, the diplomat is convinced. In the current circumstances, Ukraine and its partners have realized that labor migration has become a logistical problem during the pandemic. The new realities need a system. And therefore, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal instructed Deputy Prime Minister Vadym Prystayko to restore systematicity in the issue of labor migration.
Since only quarantine restrictions will be lifted, the problem of Ukrainians traveling abroad will disappear, just as it appeared during the pandemic.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian government temporarily prohibited citizens from traveling abroad to work.
We recall that on March 17, EU leaders decided to close the borders of the Union and the Schengen zone for non-citizens of the European Union. The decision to close the borders was made at the suggestion of the European Commission.