Visa-free & growth of Ukrainians in Poland

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Date: 2018-01-12


45058931[1]After visa liberalization the flow of Ukrainians to Poland increased by only 9%, which is due to natural causes.

The Office for Foreigners Affairs (UDSC) of Poland stated that the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU since June 11, 2017 did not have a significant impact on the number of Ukrainians who arrived in this country. This was stated in the response to the inquiry of Ukrinform agency.

“After almost five months since the introduction of the visa-free regime, there were no specific changes in the dynamics or nature of migration from Ukraine. Comparing the two periods – four months before the introduction of visa-free travel and four months after – there is an increase of Ukrainians to Poland by almost 9%. This is a natural consequence of the growing number of Ukrainians who live in Poland, who visit their homeland, and come to Poland for seasonal work – in agriculture or horticulture, “the reply says.

Also, the department notes that some of the labor migrants from Ukraine want to stay longer in Poland.

“As of today, there are about 143,000 Ukrainian citizens who have valid documents that give them the right to stay in Poland for a period of more than one year,” it is noted.

At the same time, the UDSC reminds that citizens of Ukraine have the right to work in Poland for six months a year without obtaining a work permit, if there is an official written application of the employer in the relevant county labor departments and a written agreement.

As it was reported earlier Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights claimed that the majority of 1.5 million of the Ukrainians in Poland are labor migrants and the issue is not about the refugees.

Earlier Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of Poland claimed that his country accepted more than 1.5 million of the Ukrainians, including dozens of thousands displaced persons from Donbas during the last years. According to him, Poland attempted to reduce the tension in the migration sphere due to this.