1,400 Ukrainian refugees in Portugal have obtained work contracts and 29,000 more jobs await refugees across the country, Labor Minister Ana Mendes Godinho announced on Wednesday.
“We have 1,400 employment contracts signed with these Ukrainian citizens,” Mendes Godinho announced during a hearing before the parliamentary budget and finance committee on the 2022 budget in the areas it oversees. There are “29,000 job vacancies spread across the country for Ukrainian citizens” who fled the country after the Russian invasion on February 24, she added.
During a hearing in parliament, the minister also underlined the importance of all foreign citizens in the national labor market who contribute to the stability of social security. “Currently, 10% of people who contribute to social security are foreigners, and they are part of this collective effort” with their social security contributions, she added.
The Minister of Labor also announced that the Portuguese Working Conditions Authority carried out 41 monitoring visits to Ukrainian refugees working in Portugal and around 100 individual contacts with these workers.
“The ACT carried out 41 visits dedicated to monitoring the situation of Ukrainian workers”, announced Mendes Godinho. “From moment zero, we mobilized ACT to monitor situations and prevent situations from exploiting the situation of any fragility,” she said.