1,000 new Polish workers every month
10 August 2006, BRUSSELS — About 1,000 (temporary) jobs at Flemish companies are being taken up every month by expat Polish workers, government figures indicate.
10 August 2006
BRUSSELS — About 1,000 (temporary) jobs at Flemish companies are being taken up every month by expat Polish workers, government figures indicate.
Since 1 June, the procedure for recruiting foreign workers from the new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe have been simplified.
It means Belgian firms can obtain in just a few days a work permit for Polish or Romanian workers, for example, if they are to fill chronic job vacancies.
A long discussion in the spring between employers, unions and the government resulted in the compilation of a list of chronic job vacancies that could be filled by the new EU workers.
Between 1 May and 31 July, a total of 3,086 work permits were issued in Flanders to nationals from the 10 new EU states.
That is almost triple the amount in the same period last year (1,123), newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Thursday.
Most of the workers are being employed in the agriculture sector as seasonal workers. The construction industry had also urged the government to open up its borders to the new member states.
Polish workers represent more than 90 percent of the total number of newcomers on the Flemish jobs market. Each month, almost 1,000 of them are entering Belgium for work.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news