The government of Czechia agreed to double the quotas for workers from Ukraine - up to 19,600 per year, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the country said. Such step should help local firms overcome the shortage of work force, reports DW.
According to the message, Czech Republic every month will issue to the citizens of Ukraine up to 800 additional work visas, and the procedure for issuing the visas will be fast and simplified.
Earlier, the Czech Employers Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Industry addressed a letter to the government in Prague, in which they urged to simplify the procedure for hiring workers from Ukraine. The letter noted that there are 132,000 open vacancies in the country, mainly in IT, construction, industry, electronics, auto and mechanical engineering.
As it was reported earlier Polish officials say that the armed conflict in Donbas increase the number of refugees from Ukraine. They cannot accept refugees from the Middle East and Asia, as the country is already feeling the economic pressure because of Ukrainian migrantsand Trade Unions. Polish experts who participated in the symposium "Migration in crisis: Ukrainian-Polish context", talked about the increasing number of migrant workers and students from Ukraine. Currently, there are more than 24 thousand Ukrainian students in Poland.
The vast majority of Ukrainians travel to Poland for seasonal work, but they are ready to get a permanent job. The reason is not so much the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, but rather the fact that Poland has simplified the procedure of registration of foreign citizens. The demand for Ukrainian workers has also increased and Polish employers are willing to hire Ukrainians. From the beginning of this year, Polish entrepreneurs submitted 400 thousand applications to engage Ukrainian workers.