The Polish authorities have decided to cancel the simplified employment procedure for Russians due to the situation in Ukraine, as stated by the Minister of Family and Social Policy of Poland Marlena Malong. According to her, Warsaw fears “growing migration risks from Russia.”
“If entrepreneurs want to employ Russian citizens on the basis of a work permit, they are no longer exempt, as before, from testing the labor market,” she said.
A simple employment procedure allowed employers to avoid checks related to the need to primarily look for workers among the Polish unemployed. As specified, simplified employment remained only for citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
At the end of the first half of the year, about 13 thousand Russians worked in Poland on the basis of a simplified procedure. In September, a restriction on the entry of Russians with Schengen visas through sea and airports came into force in Poland.
Now, carriers who have taken on board a Russian who has no grounds to enter the country will have to send him back at their own expense. Prior to this, restrictions were introduced at pedestrian and automobile checkpoints.