Poland opens labour market to Ukrainian citizens

Maląg said that Ukrainians can register with Polish labour offices to look for work. Rafał Guz/PAP

Poland is opening its labour market to Ukrainian citizens, the family and social policy minister has announced.

Marlena Maląg told a press briefing on Thursday that Poland could afford the move as unemployment remains relatively low in the country.

"We are introducing ways for Ukrainian citizens to access the labour market so that they can start work," she said.

Maląg noted that a law on aid to Ukrainian refugees, recently signed by the Polish president, grants Ukrainian citizens an 18-month legal stay in Poland and permits them access to the Polish labour market.

An employer has 14 days to report the fact they are employing a Ukrainian citizen and after this is done it automatically becomes legal employment, she said.

At the same time, for Ukrainian citizens who were in Poland before the outbreak of the war with Russia, work permits will be automatically extended.

Maląg also said that Ukrainians can register with Polish labour offices to look for work.

Ukrainians can also register as unemployed, so that they can get access to various forms of state support such as the National Training Fund.