Czech Government Increases Quotas For Workers From Ukraine

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The Czech government agreed yesterday (31 January) to double the number of Ukrainians it was allowing in as fast-track migrant workers to 19,600 per year, aiming to help firms struggling to find workers and facing pressure from the workforce for wage hikes.

The Czech Republic has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union, 2.3% under Eurostat methodology, and companies see labour shortage as the biggest business obstacle.

“We are reacting to employers’ problems with finding labour force,” Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky said on Twitter. He said the plan would also apply in smaller extent to workers for Mongolia and the Philippines.

The Czech Republic already has 117,000 legally residing Ukrainians, the largest foreign community in the country, followed by Slovaks and Vietnamese. 

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