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Project News: Attracting, selecting, admitting and integrating migrant workers. Workshop in Warsaw, Poland.

19 September 2019


On 19 September, ICMPD and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social organised a workshop titled: “Attracting, selecting, admitting and integrating migrant workers. Workshop in Warsaw”. The goal was to learn from the policies and practices around attraction and retention of third country nationals of other EU and non-EU Member States, while discussing them in the Polish context.

After an introduction on the “Labour Migration Policy Toolbox” by Prof. Mathias Czaika of Danube University Krems, Ms. Anna Bartosiewicz of the Swedish Migration Agency and Ms. Kirsten Meier of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration shared the most recent developments around third country immigration from their countries. In the afternoon, Prof. Czaika and Mr. Simon Morris-Lange of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration presented on selected packages of attraction, entry and retention instruments analysed for the project. Both legal and practical instruments were discussed (such as labour market tests, shortage occupation list, retention of students). The workshop gathered representatives of government institutions from Poland and selected EU member states as well as academic experts and practitioners working in this area.

The event was organised within the project “Labour Migration Strategy in Poland” that is currently implemented by ICMPD in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, the Polish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy and Statistics Poland and funded by the European Commission Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS).

Context & Background

Poland’s aging workforce and high rates of emigration, together with low numbers of unemployment have resulted in growing labour shortages. The Polish labour market is competing with other migrant destination countries to attract both Polish citizens residing abroad as well as potential labour migrants from third countries. The most common form of migration in Poland is temporary (e.g. seasonal) migration. While most of the labour demand is currently concentrated in low-qualified areas of employment, forecasts show that Poland will need to attract skilled workers from a variety of sectors.

About the project

The project aims to support the Polish government in developing a comprehensive and sustainable policy framework for labour migration. It targets relevant Polish government ministries and public administrations in order to increase their institutional capacity to design and implement labour migration policies in line with Poland’s needs and strategic priorities. The results will be a number of concrete deliverables including reports and working papers on best practices.

More information on “Labour Migration Strategy in Poland” can be found here.