Nowadays labor emigration is very common from Eastern partnership countries’ nationals (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia) to EU countries. The number of labor migrants increased after the visa free regime with Schengen zone was launched. Ukraine is the largest country of Eastern Partnership and supplies the largest amount of labor migrants to the neighboring European countries: Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia (V4 memebrs).
Poland is leading among EU countries that provide employment to Ukrainian citizens. Czech Republic is also one of the most popular countries for labor emigration. The Ukrainian diaspora is the largest in the Czech Republic and amounts to 110 245 persons (according to the Czech Statistical Office), and their number increases each year.
About 2 million Ukrainians work in Poland. Also, more than 100 000 Ukrainians live and work in Slovakia.
The period of adaptation of labor migrants often passes with complications. Ignorance of the labor laws of the host country makes Ukrainians defenseless and vulnerable, which is often used by employers.
Therefore, the main goal of this project is to provide information assistance for labor migrants (Ukrainian citizens and other nationals) by establishing Support Centers for labor migrants in Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.
- Meeting of project partners to determine the most important information requests of migrants, discussion of main directions of activity of the Support Centers.
- Development of a program for supporting EaP migrants. It will be available both in newly created institutions and online (this web-page is created for this purpose).
- Advertisement in EU countries: printed promotional materials (billboards, posters) for placement at the train station (or nearby), at bus stops, etc.
- Advertisement in Ukraine: promotion of a program for supporting Ukrainian migrants on the Internet.
- Launch of the Support Centers for Ukrainian migrants in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
- Institute for Regional Development, Prague, Czech Republic.
- OIC Poland, Lublin, Poland
- Common Regions, Kosice, Slovakia
- Informational Center for Innovation and Development “NOVUM”, Uzhhorod, Ukraine
The project “SafeLabour: informational support to labour migrants” (No. 21810217) has been supported by the International Visegrad Fund.
SafeLabour – Project Partners Meeting
Between 26th and 27th July, 2018 SafeLabour project partners meeting was held in Prague. Foreign partners from Slovakia, Poland, and Ukraine attended this international event. The aim of the project is to provide an information support in the countries of the European Union for working migrants from Ukraine and other countries. The key points of the emerging support program were identified at the meeting and the following cooperation steps were agreed.
23 May 2019 - Launch of the Support Program for Labour Migrants in Kosice
Project event was held in Kosice at the premises of NGO “Druzba Slovensko-Ukrajina” – organization established in 2015 specifically to support cross-border cooperation between Slovakia and Ukraine. One of the main activities of Druzba Slovensko-Ukrajina now is providing support to Ukrainian students, labour migrants, who move to Slovakia. Also organization provides consulting services to the Ukrainian businessmen, who want to establish their company in Slovakia.
Representative of NGO “NOVUM” (Ukrainian project partner) presented the main aims of the project and the Visegrad Fund. Followed by a presentation from a Slovakian lawyer, who is dealing with preparation of migration documents for Ukrainian citizens in Slovakia on the daily basis. At the end of the event, there was an open discussion focused on: current experience of SK companies with employment of UA citizens; new legislation and support from SK governmental institutions; services provided by the private employment agencies in Slovakia.
The event was attended by several companies established by Ukrainian citizen in Slovakia, Ukrainian labor migrants, representatives of the local business support organizations and employment agencies, professional experts from Druzba Slovensko-Ukrajina.
27.03.2019 - Launch of the Support Program for Labour Migrants in Prague
Project event was held in Prague at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs representing a newly established program to support labor migrants from Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian project partner presented the main aims of the project and the Visegrad Fund. Followed by a seminar led by experts who developed the support program. At the end of the event, there was an open discussion focused on many interesting issues. The event was attended by several companies employing labor migrants, representatives of the ministry, and others.