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Poland eases labor market access for East Europeans

Ukrainians can work in Poland without permit

Poland has removed bureaucratic hurdles for workers from the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, according to IRNA.

The Polish Labor Ministry announced that citizens from those three eastern neighboring countries can work in Poland without a permit, effective February 1.

Up to now, workers from the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were forced to leave Poland after three months and were only allowed to resume work in that country following a three-month break.

More than one million Poles have left the country since 1994 in search for jobs.

Polish unemployment rate hovers around 11 percent, up three percent from the European Union average.

According to Deutsche Bank Polska chief economist, Arkadiusz Krzesniak, Poland`s entry into the EU was "extremely beneficial for trade."

The East European country is the growth leader in the region and is expected to remain among the fastest growing in the world this year, he added.

Poland has pursued economic liberalization since the 1990s with mixed results.

The privatization of small and medium state-owned companies and a liberal law on establishing new firms has encouraged the development of the private business sector, which has been the main drive for Poland`s economic growth.

The agricultural sector remains yet handicapped by deep structural problems, surplus labor, inefficient small farms, and a lack of investments.

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