Ukrainian migrant workers sent over $800 million from Poland in the first quarter
Ukrainians working in Poland wired home 2.9 billion zlotys, the equivalent of over 800 million US dollars in the first quarter of 2018. This represents 86% of all money transfers of foreigners working in the neighboring country, Polish Radio reports.
According to the Polish Central Bank, foreigners transferred a total of 3.4 billion zlotys from Poland or over $920 million, which is 700 million zlotys more than in 2017. Last year Ukrainians sent 2.4 billion zlotys from Poland to Ukraine.
At the same time, Polish people working in the neighboring countries of the EU sent home 3.7 billion zlotys, which is worth over a billion dollars.
Following the results of 2017, a total of $2.38 billion was transferred to Ukraine through money transfer systems created by both residents and non-residents.
Last year, contribution of Ukrainian migrant workers in Polish work force earned them praise as “heroes of the economy”. Ukrainian immigrants took second place in the list of "50 most influential people of the Polish economy,” placing between Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Polish President Andrzej Duda.