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.

 

Project activities:

  • 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.

 

Project Applicant:

- Institute for Regional Development, Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Project Partners:

- 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.