Quietly and unnoticed was the anniversary of Ukraine’s receipt of the cher-ished “visa-free” – no festive events, solemn speeches and other attributes of a landmark date. Although a year ago this event, it seemed to everyone, opened a new era in the history of Ukraine.
But a year has passed and the Ukrainian president already writes about the “great visa free regime ” very modestly, noting that 555 thousand Ukrainians used it. Not much. The people did not rush to the EU for a cup of coffee, as Po-roshenko had said a year ago. However, biometric passports, without which the delights of the ” great visa free regime ” can not be enjoyed, made 8.5 million Ukrainian citizens, but the overwhelming majority with the EU have not devel-oped the visa-free relations.
On June 11, 2017, the EU entered into force with Ukraine on visa-free entry to the Schengen countries for 90 days. It took only a month to understand – European coffee is too expensive for Ukrainians.
During the year of the “great visa-free” operation, about 40 thousand Ukrainians were detained and sent home by the border of the European Union – these are the data of Ukrainian border guards. In the EU, these people were not even admitted.
During the year, 32599 Ukrainians illegally residing in Europe were identi-fied, almost 5000 of them had no means of subsistence, and half – more than 16,000 – could not confirm the purpose of their stay on the territory of the European Union. It is not surprising that Ukrainians (29267 cases) were deported most often to their homeland with a ban on entry into the European Union.
Mostly they go to work to Poland and Hungary, where the Ukrainians were allowed to work by “visa-free” for three months, and only then to issue a work visa. But recently in these countries, especially in Poland, they realized that Ukrainians are cunning – they get permission to work in Poland and go further to the west, where they can earn more.
“Great visa-free regime” gave a powerful impetus to the increase in labor migration on the one hand. On the other hand, ir struck the Ukrainian economy, washing out the most qualified personnel. Ukrainians invest their strength and ex-perience in strengthening the European economy, while in their country everything is collapsing. And although the money earned in a foreign land flows and keeps the economy afloat, the workforce is getting smaller.
However, soon the visa-free regime for Ukraine will be complicated: in ad-dition to the biometric passport, it will be necessary to obtain a permit, filling out a questionnaire on the EU website and waiting for a response of up to three days. The decision on this in the European Union has already been taken. For obtain-ing permission you will have to pay 7 euros. Thus, the EU makes an attempt to control those who travel to Europe from Ukraine by “visa-free regime”.
In the European Commission they say that obtaining a permition will be another way to combat migrants, including labor. But the Ukrainians discovered illegal work in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, where they are traveling today instead of Poland.

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