In 2017, Lithuania issued 34,500 employment visas or residence permits. About 20 thousand of them were received by residents of Ukraine, Delfi.lt news agency writes, referring to the data of the Migration Department.
In 2016, 18,000 people came to work to Lithuania, of whom about 10,000 were Ukrainians.
According to experts, Ukrainians often get jobs as long-distance truck drivers, concrete workers, bricklayers, finishing specialists, ship's hull assemblers and welders. Business owners claim that the long-term consideration of applications for visas and residence permits has caused them the most problems.
The Migration Department says they lack the staff to consider applications on time due to the increase in labor migration.