Increasing numbers of workers heading to Poland as new report shows country takes on MORE than USA and Germany
Poland is the world’s most popular destination for temporary labour migrants for the second year running, according to a new report released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Published this week, the report found that in 2017 1.1 million temporary migrants moved to Poland, putting it ahead of the United States, which received 691,000 workers, and Germany with just over 400,000. The 1.1 million was a 32 percent increase on the 2016 rate.
The Polish intake formed a significant chunk of the 4.9 million temporary migrants taken in by all the OECD nations in 2017.
The report reflects the lure Poland’s buzzing economy appears to have over foreigners, with thousands of people, especially from Ukraine, heading to the country to find jobs in recent years.
According to the report, a temporary migrant can move to a country for anything from a few weeks to a few years. But it also found that the number of foreigners in Poland applying for a residency permit in 2017 rose to 47,000, an increase of 5.1 percent on the previous year.
Most of the non-permanent workers, the OECD has found, either take up seasonal work in sectors such as agriculture and construction or find temporary jobs.
Despite Poland’s reputation as a state that people leave to find jobs further west it is now only behind the US and Germany when it comes to the total number of migrants living in the country.
The OECD also stressed that temporary migrants contribute to the growth of the host’s economy.
“The significant increase in temporary labour migration is a sign of the dynamism in OECD labour markets but also their integration,” said Angel Gurria, the OECD general secretary, at a press conference on the report.
“Temporary migrants bring skills and competences that are needed by employers,” he added.