185,000 Ukrainian Refugees Have Already Started Working in Poland

The European Commission has announced that about 185,000 Ukrainian refugees have already started working in Poland under the simplified procedures made possible by Polish authorities.

In a statement issued today, June 9, the EU Commission stressed that this special law makes access to work easier for Ukrainian refugees since it makes Ukrainian refugees eligible for employment even if they do not have a work permit or a PESEL number; which is a unique personal identifier issued to residents, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“Instead, refugees from Ukraine can start work as long as their employer informs the local labour office about the hire within 14 days,” the statement reads.

The procedure applies to Ukrainian citizens and non-EU spouses of Ukrainian nationals who arrived in Poland on or after February 24.

According to the EU Commission, half of the refugees found work in four of the 16 Polish provinces, which are Mazowieckie, Dolnośląskie, Wielkopolskie, and Łódzkie. Since most of the refugees are women and children, women also make up the majority of new employees, as many as about 135,000.

At the time of writing this article, data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) counts over 1.1 million refugees from Ukraine present in Poland,” the statement also noted.

Moreover, the Polish Ministry of Social and Family Policy aims to help integrate refugee work further, including better access to Polish language courses.

The EU Commission also pointed out that future regulations are expected to make it easier for labour inspectors to ensure that refugees are guaranteed adequate working standards.

In a statement issued on May 27, the UNHCR said that Poland is one of the countries that has shown sufficient support to Ukrainian refugees, thus creating systems to ensure legal residence, access to education, health care, and other social welfare schemes.

According to the UNHCR data, of the 1.1 million Ukrainian refugees who have registered with the Polish authorities and received a PESEL identification number, 94 per cent are women and children.

On the other hand, UNHCR, together with UNICEF, has created twelve Safe Areas, Protection and Support in Poland, in which refugees from Ukraine can find information and advice on rights and services and receive immediate psychosocial support.

Besides, on April 6, the Government of Poland announced that all non-Ukrainians who lived in Ukraine before the start of the war would be able to register online to apply for temporary protection in Poland.

The government has explained that this applies to foreigners, which includes family members of Ukrainian residents who do not have Ukrainian citizenship and are not spouses of Ukrainian citizens or close family members of a Ukrainian citizen holding a Polish card.

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