The favorable economic situation for Poland is largely due to employees from Ukraine employed by Polish companies. Although the number of domestic enterprises that decide to take this step is steadily increasing from year to year, it should be noted that the Polish economy would enjoy even greater economic benefits if it were possible to significantly shorten the bureaucratic procedures related to the legalization of foreigners’ stay in Poland.
Ukrainians who come to our country for work purposes in some provinces have to wait up to a year to legalize their stay. It takes the next few months to wait for a work permit. Efforts to date to solve this problem have not yet achieved the desired results. This situation hinders the mutual cooperation of employers and foreigners employed by them, and also loses the social insurance system and tax authorities.
Polish employers admit that workers from the East significantly fill the gap in the labor market created as a result of Poles’ economic trips. This is most evident in the logistics and transport industry, where employee teams are largely made up of economic migrants. Given the fact that the German labor market is more open to Ukrainians in the coming months, everything should be done to keep these workers in Poland. To this end, first of all, care should be taken to improve the legalization process of their stay in our country, and to guarantee them an attractive social package.