Ukrainian labor migrants stuck at border with Poland

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainians stay in line for about seven-nine hours waiting for the documents’ check
18:23, 9 June 2020

Ukrainians at the Ukrainian-Polish border
Radio Liberty

The Ukrainians are queuing for seven-nine hours at the only pedestrian Medyka checkpoint at the Ukrainian-Polish border. They are heading to work and almost the whole neutral zone is crowded by the citizens of Ukraine. People do not pay attention to the announcement with a request to observe the social distance; many people do not wear the mask as Radio Liberty reported.

“I am standing here for about seven hours. I have to wait an hour or two to get to the checkpoint. I am heading to Kielce for seasonal work. I was in Poland during the quarantine. But it is the first time when I am waiting so long,” one of the people said.

People also complain about the absence of toilet facilities and benches; they have to stand all the time.

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The State Border Guard Service explains that the Polish side imposed the restrictive measures due to the quarantine and the procession of the documents needs more time.

“Recently, more people come to Poland. There are particular restrictions on the Polish side due to the lockdown that is why they put information about the place of stay of a citizen of Ukraine in Poland, staying in observation, holding sanitary events; it takes extra time. That is why people have to wait near the Polish checkpoint,” Spokesperson of the Western regional department of the State Border Guard Service Marharyta Vershynina stated.

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Earlier, mostly the citizens of Western Ukraine came to Poland for work; however, the Ukrainians from all regions, who lost their jobs due to the lockdown and had no assistance from the state, are heading to Poland now.

“My wage in Ukraine was 3,826 hryvnia ($143); a doctor of the highest qualification, 25 years of experience. Hello, the president. I am going there not by choice. Ukraine provides nothing. People are thrown overboard. There were only promises from the authority. If there is work in Ukraine, people will not go to foreign countries and will not leave their families. Ukraine does not need me.  I am scared in my country,” Tatiana Rezvitsova, a person in the line, said.

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The State Border Guard Service noted that people come to the checkpoints by buses, minibusses, vehicles 24 hours a day. From 2,500 up to 3,000 citizens cross the pedestrian checkpoint daily.

As we reported, minibus drivers blocked the Tysa checkpoint on the border with Hungary due to the inability to get to Ukraine.


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