Poland has launched an anti-discrimination policy for migrant workers, officials say
POLAND — Poland has adopted an anti–discrimination policy aimed at helping migrant workers gain entry to the country’s booming economy and its sprawling social and cultural life.
The move came in response to growing concerns about the rise in hate crimes and discrimination against people of color and transgender people, Polish officials said Tuesday, a week after a series of racially motivated attacks against gay and transgender Poles.
Poland has an estimated population of more than 1.4 million, of whom more than half are foreigners.
About 70 percent of Poles work in the economy, and about 70 percent live in the countryside.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, who has been fighting for more investment in the countrys economy, said her government is making “positive progress” in the fight against discrimination and racism, but there are still problems in many parts of the country.
In addition to the new anti-racism measures, the government has introduced a pilot program for businesses to allow migrant workers to apply for permanent residence permits and has established a training center for the hiring of domestic workers and legal services for migrants.
A new law also prohibits discrimination based on nationality, ethnicity or national origin.
It also announced plans to hire 1,000 new permanent employees, a plan that is likely to have some impact on the labor market as more employers begin to hire from abroad.
The Polish economy is growing at a brisk clip, with a 3.2 percent growth in the fourth quarter, the central bank said.