It looks like Poland is a favorite holiday destination for Ukrainians. In 2017, the Polish government issued as much as 1.6 million visas to Ukraine nationals. The Polish Foreign Ministry confirmed the number in a press release on January 24th, 2018. The visa rejection rate was only 3.8 percent. Together, all Ukrainians working in Poland, send a total of five billion euros annually back home.
Most number of visas were issued in Lviv, accounting for a total of 443,000 or 37.9 percent of the total. Polish consulate in Lutsk issued around 257,000 or 29.1 percent visas. Over 150,000 or 12.8 percent visas issued at the Polish consulate in Vinnytsia. Kharkov issued 147,000 or 12.6 percent, Kyiv issued 115,000 or 9.9 percent, and Odessa sued roughly 55,000 or 4.7 percent visas. Total visa denials were 45,000 visas. On June 11th, 2017, a new visa policy was introduced by the government of Poland. It offers visa-free travel to some European countries for a short duration including Ukraine. It undoubtedly boosts the tourism flow between the two countries.
To work in Poland, Ukrainians still need to obtain a work permit. On November 9th, 2017, Witold Waszczykowski, Foreign Minister of Poland, confirmed that the government will be increasing the number of work visas, especially for Ukrainians. The increase is very surprising for most of the people as the number increased rapidly from 650,000 to 900,000, which is almost one and a half times. In 2016, over 1.3 million visas were issued to Ukraine nationals, out of which 650,000 were work permits. Together, all Ukrainians working in Poland, send a total of five billion euros annually back home.
Won’t accept refugees
During the press release where the foreign minister talked about increasing the number of work visas, he said that Poland wouldn’t accept refugees since there are too many Ukrainians living there. With so many expats living, the health resources are drained, and Poland doesn’t want to provide fewer facilities to refugees.