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In 2017, over 60 percent of migrant workers from Ukraine got their jobs abroad illegally, - media

Lawyers advise that citizens resort to exclusively legal mechanisms when searching for a job in the neighboring EU countries
14:55, 18 July 2018

Rianovosti

Over the previous year, 62 percent of migrant workers from Ukraine got their jobs abroad illegally. According to Channel 5, in Poland alone, about two million job offers were made for Ukrainian citizens - most of them with the mediation of illegal entities. This, in turn, increases the risk of slavery. 

'Last year, only 12,150 people used the services of legal companies. Almost 90 percent of people try to go abroad, searching for assistance among their fellows who don't even have a license', said Vasyl Voskoboynyk, the president of the All-Ukraine Association of Companies for International Recruitment.  

The lawyers recommend that workers resort to solely legal mechanisms when searching for a job in the neighboring EU countries; another piece of advice is to search for the enterprises that enjoy the benefits of foreign investments.

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Previously, we reported that the population of Ukraine shrinks because of the labor migration, which often turns into the de facto migration, which means people choose to stay abroad rather than to return to their motherland. This was the major conclusion in the survey recently released by UkrainianPeopleLeaks.com public platform.

Obozrevatel.com news portal quoted both the survey and Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin; the official stressed that monthly, about 100,000 Ukrainian citizens go abroad searching for work. Andriy Reva, the minister for social policy, added that 3.2 million people migrated abroad, and the related problems concerned nine million people, including the children of labor migrants.

The research says that highly-educated Ukrainians go to Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and settle for the work in factories and fields. '39.2 percent of them carry out the most primitive work; 24.7 are involved in the handicraft, and another 16.5 work in the sales area. They earn less than the locals', reads the survey.

As 112 International reported earlier, according to the estimates of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2017, 915 thousand Ukrainians worked abroad. That is, 12% of our compatriots have found a job outside the country or were going to find it in the near future. The highest level of potential labor migrants is in those regions, where the majority of the able-bodied population left: Ternopil, Zakarpattia, and Rivne regions. The essential motive is high wages and security. According to a study by IOM, the average monthly earnings of one labor migrant in January-November 2017 was $ 722, and the salary of one full-time employee employed in Ukraine was $ 262.

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