Poland sees three-fold increase in Ukrainian workers arrivals

The demand for foreign labour during the pandemic has increased by 20 percent year on year in Poland's logistics and agro-food sectors Wojciech Pacewicz/PAP

The number of Ukrainian workers coming to Poland increased nearly three times in May to 94,000 compared to under 34,000 in April, daily Rzeczpospolita wrote on Wednesday citing data from the country's border guard headquarters.

According to the employment agency Personnel Service's head Krzysztof Inglot, the number of Ukrainian workers in Poland shrank by around 300,000-400,000 in annual terms after their mass outflow in the first weeks of the pandemic and due to Poland's COVID-19 restrictions imposing an obligatory 14-day quarantine on seasonal workers entering the country.

The demand for foreign labour during the pandemic has increased by 20 percent year on year in Poland's logistics and agro-food sectors while in the hospitality sector it declined to a bare minimum, HR agency EWL's head Andrzej Korkus said.

At Monday's meeting of Polish ambassador in Kiev, Bartosz Cichocki with Ukraine's deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar it was agreed that Ukraine and Poland will work on simplifying procedures for border crossing and obtaining employee visas for Ukrainian workers coming to Poland, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited by the daily. Both countries are also considering concluding an agreement on seasonal workers.