31 August 2018

Olena Drozdova has told about aspects of seasonal employment in Europe

Seasonal agriculture work abroad is becoming increasingly popular among Ukrainians. It has become a tradition that thousands of Ukrainians go to different European countries to earn their bread in spring and summer.

Agronews web portal and Drozdova & Partners Law Firm Director Olena Drozdova have looked into difficulties faced by our compatriots when attempting to obtain agricultural jobs abroad.

‘Although most European countries still maintain work visas for Ukrainians, it happens quite a lot that one’s having just an e-passport is often sufficient for European employers. The visa free regime has proved to become a some sort of signal for European countries that have started implementing different programmes and schemes for giving official employment to seasonal workers and labour migrants from Ukraine in general,’ Olena Drozdova has pointed out

The lawyer is of the opinion that the reasons behind that conduct of European states are not only their desire to make everything clear and transparent, but also ‘concerns that the lifting of the visa barrier will result in an uncontrolled stream of Ukrainians who will get all jobs in Europe.

The expert has told about aspects of employment of foreigners in Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, the UK, and Sweden.

In the meantime Olena Drozdova has underlined that although employment of any worker, including a seasonal one, is preceded by quite a lot of costly paperwork in most countries, employers in jurisdictions that made no concessions apply different fraudulent practices.

In particular, they abuse of Ukrainians’ right to stay in the EU for three months under the visa free regime and choose at their own risk not to report their employment.

By claiming that Ukrainian workers who come for work in summer and stay in a local hotel are tourists, local employers could save on taxes.

‘It is therefore quite a challenge to find an official seasonal employment in most European countries due to such barriers as special conditions for such employment and employers unwilling to spend their money to comply with official requirements,’ Ms Drozdova has summarised.