Farmers of Finland expect 15,000 Ukrainian workers this year. This was discussed at a meeting of Vadym Prystaiko, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration with Päivi Maarit Laine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland to Ukraine.
“Finland is facing a severe shortage of seasonal employees. Ukrainian workers have distinguished themselves to be responsible, honest, hardworking and we look forward to the opportunity this year to have them back to work in agriculture and forestry, as well as other sectors,” said the Ambassador of Finland.
Vadym Prystaiko noted that the Government is aware of the regular involvement of Ukrainian workers in seasonal work in European countries. For example, Finland attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 Ukrainian labour migrants every year, including work on agricultural machinery and late harvesting of berries, etc.
“In synergy with our partners from Finland, the Government of Ukraine will help Ukrainian workers to get to seasonal activities by organized flights. This includes arranging the required number of flights. Undoubtedly, safety is of the topmost priority. Therefore, the conditions for employers to guarantee the legal employment of Ukrainian workers, provision of quality health insurance, and observation period remain in place,” Vadym Prystaiko emphasized.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime Minister added that relevant requests from Austria, Finland, Denmark, Norway and other countries were being processed at the Government Office.