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Number of Ukrainian labor migrants in Poland decreases, - Rzeczpospolita

Ukrainians are considering other states where they can earn more
12:18, 30 October 2018

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Poland anticipates a sudden outflow of the Ukrainian migrant workers to the countries of Western Europe, as Rzeczpospolita reports.

The Polish economy, which is rapidly developing, requires labor force, mostly, these are the Ukrainians.

Ukrainians also helped to deal with staffing problems in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, yet the demand continues growing. According to the UN, since 2015, 7% of the labor force left Ukraine. In the coming years, such labor migration might undermine the stability and economic growth in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian migrant workers became a strong support of the labor market in Poland. Yet, according to PKO Bank Polski, Poland's largest bank, the potential of the migration from Ukraine is gradually fraying. And the migrants who are already working in Poland, are considering West to move for a job to Germany and other EU states. According to Work Service estimations, up to 59% of Ukrainian labor migrants might leave Poland.

“It’s a huge threat to Polish economy. In two-three months, staffing problems might increase from 165,000 to half-million,” the President of Personnel Service stated.

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According to him, this might be followed by a huge pressure and decline in the competitiveness of the Polish companies.

“They can earn much more in Germany legally. Poland won’t attract them anymore. Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are already taking the Ukrainians from us. These countries have solved the issues with employment and offer better labor conditions,” Work Service Head said.

It should be noted that since 2019, the minimum salary in Poland will be more than $590,7.

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