Concerns over coronavirus pandemic for Polish agriculture

In connection with the closure of borders, agriculture unionists are demanding the government to allow Ukrainians to remain in Poland.

The Agricultural Organization (OPZZ Rolników i Organizacji Rolniczych) appealed to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to enable employees from Ukraine in Poland to stay, in order to avoid the paralysis of agri-food production.

In recent years, Poland has managed to maintain its leading position in the food industry mainly thanks to employees from Ukraine.

A sudden lack of Ukrainian employees may threaten the security and maintenance the food supply chain.

Until now, citizens of Ukraine were able to work based on visa-free travel (maximum 90 days) or on visas for work (from 6-12 months). After this period, they must return to Ukraine.

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