160,000 Ukrainians left Poland for two months
In the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, 160,000 Ukrainians returned from Poland to Ukraine.
This is indicated in an analytical study by the Main Bureau of Statistics (GUS) of Poland, based on an analysis of data from various official registers, as well as data from the Border Guard Service of the Republic of Poland.
“The number of foreigners in Poland at the end of April 2020 compared to February 2020 decreased by 223 thousand, or 10.1%. In turn, the number of Ukrainian citizens decreased by 11.5% (160 thousand)”, says the study.
It should be noted that with the start of the pandemic at the end of April, the Belarusians (32.2%) and the Russians (25.7%) left most of Poland.
The GUS informs that, compared to December 2019, in April 2020, the number of Ukrainians insured by the Polish Social Insurance Authority (ZUS), and therefore officially employed in the Republic of Poland, has decreased by almost 30%.
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It is pointed out that until March 13 there was a positive trend in the arrival of Ukrainians in Poland, and after March 15 there was a sharp increase in the number of Ukrainian citizens who left Poland. The number of Ukrainians who left Poland in March-April is significantly higher than the decrease in the number of Ukrainian workers officially insured in the Republic of Poland. Consequently, the GUS concludes that the first to leave were Ukrainians from Poland who were not officially employed, did not work or worked on the so-called “trash agreements” (assignment and contract agreements), which often do not provide personal insurance from the employer.
As reported in the GUS, as of December 31, 2019, over 2 million 106,000 foreigners were living in Poland, of which 1 million 351,000,418 people (64.2%) were citizens of Ukraine.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru