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Economy

Poland cracks door open for Filipino workers

Labor shortages in Eastern Europe force governments to seek Asian help

Filipino workers arriving back home at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.

HAMBURG -- Poland is in talks with the Philippines to bring in more Filipino workers to fill a labor shortage even as Warsaw continues to resist refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa.

The Czech Republic and Germany are also trying to attract workers from the Philippines and other Asian countries to fill local positions, as their labor markets face aging populations, a brain drain and lower birthrates. Analysts say that Slovakia, Hungary and Romania will also be forced to open their doors to Asian workers as their labor supply from traditional sources such as Ukraine and Serbia dries up due to emigration. 

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