The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) estimateed that the number of Ukrainian migrant workers in Poland in 2019 was almost 1 million people.
“In 2019, the number of migrant workers from Ukraine in Poland was estimated at almost 1 million people,” the NBU said in its inflation report for January 2020. “Representatives of the occupations that are currently in high demand in Ukraine account for a significant share of migrant workers.”
The regulator says that the significant number of migrant workers affects Ukraine’s labor market: there is a shortage of specialists with vocational qualifications in the country because a large number of them have chosen to work abroad.
According to NBU estimates, the labor migration rate slowed somewhat in 2019 due to the strengthening of the hryvnia: the growth of Ukrainians’ real incomes in the foreign currency equivalent helped to reduce the wage gap with neighboring countries, in particular Poland. (UNIAN/Business World Magazine)