Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says the ministry has not banned the departure of seasonal workers or labor migrants, and such a ban does not actually exist.
According to the minister, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Vadym Prystaiko has been instructed to address the issue of labor migrants.
"He is responsible for ensuring that citizens travel abroad for labor purposes with minimal risks to their health and better logistics amid the [coronavirus-related] pandemic. Therefore, we need to solve a large number of logistic problems for people to leave the country," he said during a morning TV show, "Snidanok z 1+1," on May 6, 2020, according to the Ukrainian TSN TV news service.
In particular, how and when the Ukrainians come back, whether they have medical insurance for their stay abroad.
"All these things should be checked. We have never heard of the problem of the departure of labor migrants. Hundreds of thousands of people in some way left the country, worked and quietly returned. But now we are all faced with this problem for the first time. We will all forget about it when regular traffic resumes. We had to take some time to fix it to avoid many problems and protect citizens' rights amid the pandemic," Kuleba said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers was ready for negotiations with European countries that would like to officially invite Ukrainian migrant workers for seasonal works during the coronavirus pandemic.