3 million 200 thousand Ukrainian citizens work abroad on a permanent basis, while the number of Ukrainians who work abroad temporarily is between 7 and 9 million, stated Ukrainian Social Policy Minister Andriy Reva on Saturday at a press conference, Interfax Ukraine reported.
“According to the official data of the State Migration Service of Ukraine and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, 3 million 200 thousand Ukrainian citizens work abroad on a permanent basis, while between 7 and 9 million our compatriots work abroad temporarily,” Reva said.
The minister said that most Ukrainians, about 2 million people, work in Poland. 1 million of them work legally and only 400 thousand pay contributions to the Polish pension system.
Ukrainians working abroad annually transfer about $6.5 billion to Ukraine. Reva said that these funds must be declared.
It was reported earlier that 43% of Ukrainians who return to Ukraine from abroad do not plan to go abroad again, which is explained by the difficulty in finding employment there.