Work permits up 40% in Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
Provincial unemployment offices in Poland issued nearly 100,000 work permits for foreigners between January and April, 40 percent more than in the first four months of last year.
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Ukrainians comprised the majority of economic migrants who were granted work permits, the Dziennik daily said.
Work permits are valid for three years and may be extended.
Meanwhile, employer declarations -- short-term permits valid for one year -- decreased by a fourth from 615,000 to 464,000 in the same period. This means that workers "from the East" want to live in Poland permanently and have a stable job, said deputy labour minister Stanisław Szwed.
According to demographer Maciej Duszczyk, "employer declarations remain popular in seasonal jobs, for example in agriculture, whereas the industry sector is on the lookout for Ukrainian workers, where they are employed for longer contracts."
Immigration should become a key avenue for dealing with Poland’s democratic problems, Dziennik said.
According to forecasts, the number of people of working age in the country will decrease by a million by 2020 compared to 2015.
Experts expect Poland's working age population to decrease by 2.5 million by 2030.