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About 1.5 Ukrainian labor migrants stay in Poland

The number of labor migrants from Ukraine in Poland has increased in five times since 2014
18:59, 4 July 2019

Ukrinform

Number of labor migrants from Ukraine in Poland has increased in five times since 2014: from 300,000 up to 1,5 million as Ukrinform reported citing Head of Consul Department of Ukraine’s Embassy in Poland Svitlana Krysa.

“Really, since the beginning of 2014, the sharp increases of the number of the citizens of Ukraine, who stay in Poland is observed. If before 2014 such number was about 320,000 then now, according to unofficial data, it is 1,5 million of people,” Krysa reported.

According to the official statics of Foreign Department of Poland, the Ukrainians got 196,000 resident permits as for today.

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The increase of the number of Ukrainians in Poland confirmed by the sharp growth of the consular actions of the consular department in Warsaw. Particularly, in 2014, the consuls did almost 3,5000 consul actions in 2014, while in 2018, the number is 18,000; the increase in five times.

According to the consul, the increase of the number of the actions is also observed in other Ukrainian consular offices in Krakiw, Gdansk and Lublin. During six months of 2019, 8,500 consular actions took place in Warsaw, and it is for 10% more than the last year.

Krysa noted that the registering with the consular authorities is the most popular service among the Ukrainian in Poland. It takes 60% of the total amount of al actions in the Ukrainian consular offices. It is tied with the amendment of Customs code of Ukraine on import of vehicles on foreign registration to Ukraine.

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“Now the procedure of the transit is abolished; only the procedure of the import of the vehicles with foreign registration in the regime of the temporary import. The right of the import of the vehicle for 60 days in a year in Ukraine is possessed only by the citizens, who are the owners of a car and registered with the consular authorities. That is why it is the main action in Ukraine,” she explained.

Ukrainians in Poland do the simple physical work: they work in the building and repair works, transport sphere, agriculture, service sector, production of the plants and factories.

The consul added that there is a small number of the Ukrainians, who work in IT-sphere, tertiary education, health care sphere.

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Earlier we reported that the Ukrainian population may reduce by 18% by 2050 and reach number mark of 36 million people due to the labor migration.

Besides, Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Joel Lion stated that 10% of the Ukrainian tourists, who come to Israel, are the illegal migrants.

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