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.