As reported by the Office for Foreigners, the number of Georgian residents in Poland has doubled within two years, exceeding 10,000 in 2021. Almost all the residents (96 per cent) have been granted a temporary residence permit (valid for a maximum of three years) for work-related purposes. Only 3 per cent of Georgians decided to move to Poland for family or education reasons.
According to the report, children and teenagers make up only around 2 per cent of all Georgian nationals in Poland. Most of them are between 18 and 40 years old (58 per cent) or over 40 (40 per cent). It is usually men who look for employment in Poland - as of 2021, the country has welcomed a total of 8,500 Georgian men, compared to only 1,900 Georgian women.
It has been noted that the number of Georgians in Poland has been steadily increasing since the introduction of visa-free travel between the EU and Georgia in 2017. Georgian nationals are also eligible to take up temporary employment in Poland without the necessity of obtaining a work permit and can benefit from the Poland.Business Harbour programme for IT specialists and entrepreneurs (see below).
Note that the figures above do not include Georgian nationals living in Poland on the basis of visas or visa-free entries to the country.
Are you from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine? Did you know you can work in Poland without a work permit? Find out more: Declaration of intention to employ foreigners.
The Poland.Business Harbour programme was initially launched with Belarusian professionals in mind. However it is now open to IT specialists and entrepreneurs from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Learn more: Poland.Business Harbour.