Ukrainians biggest foreign employee group in Poland says minister

The largest number of foreigners working in Poland are Ukrainians, the family and social policy minister told PAP on Wednesday.

Marlena Malag cited data from ZUS, Poland's main insurer, which showed that 1,063,300 foreigners were legally employed in Poland in December 2022, a rise by 191,700 from January 2022. Malag noted the majority were Ukrainian refugees who fled their country's invasion by Russia.

"The number of foreigners with legal employment in Poland... is growing. These people are aiding our labour market by filling in personnel gaps, and are helping the Polish economy to grow," Malag said.

She added that Poland's 3-percent jobless rate, according to EU's statistic office Eurostat, placed it among the EU countries with lowest unemployment.