About 900,000 refugees from Ukraine have taken up work in Poland, the Minister of Family and Social Policy reported. She stressed that refugees from Ukraine have been given the same rights as Poles under the special law – they stay in Poland legally, have the right to legal employment, and have the right to apply for appropriate health and social benefits.
Ukrainians are not taking away anyone's job – unemployment in Poland does not exceed the level of 5.5 percent, the Polish economy needs additional hands to work, and in the context of worsening demographics will need more and more of them every year. Poland is not only aging rapidly, but Poles are also simply getting fewer – according to forecasts by the Central Statistical Office (GUS), our population will fall to 32.5 million in 2060 and 28.2 million in 2080 from the current 37.9 million people.
That's why the results of the latest Warsaw Enterprise Institute survey, according to which as many as 40 percent of Poles believe that "the Ukrainianization of Poland is currently taking place, which is destroying our culture and society," are also extremely disturbing.
This is a very important signal to those in power that we need a migration policy and a debate about the retirement age at a higher level than promises that cannot be fulfilled.