Over 3,000 non-EU physicians have already been granted the right to work as doctors in Poland, with the majority coming from war-torn Ukraine, the Polish health minister has said.
As many as 185,000 Ukrainians have been employed under a simplified procedure that Poland introduced to help them find work, the Ministry of Family and Labour has said.
Poland issued 504,200 work permits for foreigners in 2021, a 24 percent rise compared to the year before, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.
Over 400,000 work permits were issued for foreigners in Poland in 2020, 10 times more than in 2010 and 30 times more than in 2004, when Poland joined the European Union, research has found.
A total of 227,440 work permits were issued to foreigners in Poland during the second half of 2019, up from 217,300 in the first six month of the year, the Family, Labour and Social Policy Ministry reported on Friday.
In the first half of 2019, a total of 217,300 work permits were issued to foreigners in Poland, up from 147,980 in the first six months of 2018, the country's statistical office GUS said on Monday.
In 2018, Poland issued 328,768 work permits, 40 percent more than the previous year and almost five times more than in 2015, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS).
Some 235,600 work permit were issued last year to foreigners in Poland, with the number expected to be higher this year. The figure is almost twice that of 2016 with 81.7 percent of permits going to Ukrainians.