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How Is The Labour Market in the Polish-German borderlands?

Friday, 13/08/2010
How Is The  Labour Market in the Polish-German borderlands?

Among Germany’s “most wanted” are architects and civil engineers. Polish employers are looking for fitters. More people are graduating in Poland, but they still earn more west of the border. These are only a few of the conclusions of the meeting on the labour market in the Polish-German borderlands that took place in Pasewalk.

The meeting featured the results of research on the labour market on both sides of the border. The analysis encompassed the Polish-German economic area around Szczecin, taking into account six German, and six Polish administrative units, from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg lands, and from the Westpomeranian Region. The area of the research is inhabited by almost 1.3 million people, 775 thousand of whom live in Poland.

“The Labour Force Availability Analysis in the Polish-German Borderlands” was carried out by Pasewalk, and commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Communication, Construction, and City Development within the framework of the model programme “Population Changes – The Region Writes The Future.” The presentations of the analyses and the discussions featured, among other things, representatives of the Federal Ministry of City Development and Construction, representatives of Szczecin led by the Mayor, district Governors of: Uecker-Randow, Ostvorpommern, Uckermark, Goleniów, Stargard Szczeciński, and Police, the Mayors of Pasewalk, Anklam, Police, Ueckermunde, Torgelow, Strasbourg, representatives of employment agencies from both Poland and Germany, and representatives of higher schools.

The area where the research was conducted is going to be more and more significant to the economy. The political instrument to support the region’s significance will be the regional economic network “PAPS” initiated by the cities of Pasewalk, Anklam, Prenzlau, and Szczecin. The analysis will mainly serve investors who want to create new jobs or develop existing companies, and need specific information such as information on the condition of the labour market, and on the opportunities for sourcing specialists with the necessary qualifications.

The analysis prepared has a particular significance in the light of the opening of the German labour market to Polish citizens, which is planned to take place on 30 April 2011.

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