Poland begins the season of agricultural works. The country faces a disaster, as the Polish labour market depend on labour migrants from Ukraine, and in the season of harvesting fruits and vegetables they need “hundreds of thousands”.As stated by the head of the Polish Association of processors of fruit and vegetables the owner of one of the largest processing companies in Poland (Real, SA) Andrzej Gajownik in an interview with “UKRINFORM”, they will be very difficult to harvest in Poland.
“Poland is a huge producer of food, one of the largest in Europe. For example, we are more EU-grown mushrooms, and more. Therefore, if workers from Ukraine will not come, it would be a disaster. What will be grown in fields that safe as no one will collect,” said Gajowniczek.
According to him, in Poland now there is a need for hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers from Ukraine.
Warned by Gajowniczek if the Ukrainians after a week in pandemic COVID-19 will not be able to come to Poland at the beginning of the season of strawberry picking, this can even lead to the protests of Polish farmers.
At the same time, according to him, in light of the crisis and unemployment growth poles will not be able to replace migrant workers from Ukraine, who occupy a niche in Poland.
“It’s all an illusion. Obviously not (the poles will not replace Ukrainian workers),” — said the Polish employer, adding that his company is now required to work 30-40 employees, but despite the crisis, wishing to work among the poles yet.
Note, in Poland is now up to a million Ukrainians. From mid-March from Poland to Ukraine returned more than 180 thousand Ukrainians.
The Polish government of Ukrainians automatically extended the validity of visas and the right of stay for visa-free regime for the period of the epidemic COVID-19 and 30 days after.
As of may 4, the consular offices of Poland in Ukraine has resumed issuing work visas. In the initial period can only accept documents to obtain visas to perform agricultural and horticultural work, as well as international transport. Source
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