The Lithuanian Employment Service issued 8,400 work permits to foreigners in January-November 2019, a 70-percent increase from the year before. More than a half of foreign workers come from Ukraine.
Simplified work permit procedures and visa issuance contributed to the growth, the service believes, as did labour shortages in some sectors.
Last year, the Employment Service issued documents to foreigner workers from 58 countries. Sixty percent came from Ukraine, 21 percent from Belarus, 3 percent from Russia and Uzbekistan each, and 2 percent from China and Georgia each.
Most of the migrants come to work as cooks, construction workers, carpenters, international passenger transport drivers, car mechanics, and forklift drivers.