The number of Ukrainian labor migrants in Poland has doubled since 2014. It is now about 1.5 million Ukrainians working in Poland. This was announced by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Poland Andrii Deshchytsia at Ukraine 30 forum.
"There is an increase in the number of migrant workers in Poland. In comparison with 2014, it is the growth by nearly two or three times. Now we are talking about 1.5 million Ukrainians working in Poland," Deshchytsia said.
According to him, about 600,000 of them officially pay taxes to the Polish Social Insurance Fund, and the others legally work on short-term employment contracts that do not provide for taxes.
The ambassador pointed that Ukrainians are attracted by higher wages in Poland, as well as the opportunity to realize their potential on the background of a stable economy.
He also noted that Ukrainian migrants are opening their own businesses in Poland and the number of such businesses is growing.
"If in 2014 there were 680 Ukrainians-owned companies, then in 2021 there are 16,000 enterprises where Ukrainians are co-owners or owners. What does this mean? That they do not just come to Poland to work, as it used to be. They don't just come to pick berries or build, but they think about creating their own business, which should develop later," the ambassador said.
As it was reported earlier, the Polish authorities are planning to facilitate foreigners' access to the local labor market. Particularly, it is planned to simplify permit obtaining and to reduce existing formalities.