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Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic Jaroslava Němcová says the ministry is preparing a program that will significantly accelerate Ukrainians' employment in the Czech Republic.

The number of vacancies in the Czech Republic has reached a record. Now, more than 260,000 jobs remain vacant. Primarily, this refers to nurses and social workers, as well as workers with average technical skills and builders, the official said on May 21, as reported by RFE/RL's Ukrainian bureau.

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Last week, Němcová visited Ukraine, in particular, the Czech Embassy and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Lviv to agree on simplification and acceleration of the procedure for issuing work permits.

It is envisaged that the number of Ukrainians with the right to work for two years will be increased to 19,600 people.

There are currently 374,000 foreign workers in the Czech Republic, including 280,000 citizens from the European Union, 94,000 nationals from other European and Asian countries, and 70,000 Ukrainians.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Lithuania would set quotas for foreign workers of some professions in response to an increase in labor migration from Ukraine.