Poland is a beautiful European country known for its medieval architecture. In December 2017, it has an estimated population of 38.4 million; however, many of its work force are moving to other European countries and this has led to a labor shortage that is now temporarily solved by Ukrainian workers.
As of 2018, a million Ukrainians have moved to Poland and some 300,000 more are expected in the next couple of years.
But the country is said to be seeking workers from the Philippines, particularly in the medical field, construction sector, and IT.
It could not be denied that the Philippines is among the world’s largest importers of workers, with millions of people filling up jobs across many countries, in different fields of expertise. In many countries, you will find Filipinos working in various sectors, not just as domestic helpers but also as nurses, teachers, engineers, seamen, construction workers, and many others.
Analysts predicted that there will be a shortage of about 4 million workers in Poland by 2030, mostly because of the migration of its workforce but this spells good news to the Philippines.
While Poland hasn’t been keen on taking in migrants in the past years, particularly due to its right-wing government, this is bound to change in the coming years a labor shortage continues. Without people in its work force, the economy is greatly affected.
With both countries being predominantly Roman Catholic, Deputy Labor Minister Stanislaw Szwed believes the shared religion also means shared cultural values. Filipinos won’t have a hard time adjusting in Poland.
“We are on course to conclude an agreement. I hope that in the autumn we will be able to at least sign a preliminary accord,” Szwed revealed in a PAP news agency report, according to ABS-CBN News.
It seems that Poland will soon become another job destination for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).