Number of illegally employed Ukrainians in Poland falls by nearly a third

13 February, 05:07 PM
Most often, foreigners performed illegal work in construction, transport, production, gastronomy and the service sector (Photo:depositphotos/EdZbarzhyvetsky/колаж НВ)

Most often, foreigners performed illegal work in construction, transport, production, gastronomy and the service sector (Photo:depositphotos/EdZbarzhyvetsky/колаж НВ)

Some 7,400 Ukrainian citizens were found to be illegally employed in Poland in 2022, which is 29% less against 2021, the Polish news outlet Rzeczpospolita reported on Feb. 9, with referenceto Polish Border Guard figures.

In total, 10,705 illegally working foreigners were found in Poland last year — 2,565 fewer people than in 2021.

At the same time, Ukrainian citizens remain the largest group of foreigners working illegally in Poland.

Maria Kuzenko, the head of the EWL migration platform’s legalization department, said this was a small percentage compared to the number of refugees who found asylum and started working in Poland, as well as given the total number of Ukrainians living in Poland, which is about 2.3 million people.

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According to Rzeczpospolita, despite the decrease in the total number of illegally employed foreigners, the number of illegally employed Indian citizens has doubled, while that of Georgian citizens, as well as Indonesians and Turks, have increased by a third.

Meanwhile, the number of illegal Russian and Belarusian workers has fallen by one sixth.

Most often, foreigners illegally worked in construction, transport, production, the food industry, and the service sector.

Kuzenko noted that even though Poland has a relatively open labor market compared to other European countries, people often agree to work without an employment contract due to the desire to earn more.

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