Labour market cannot accommodate all unemployed in Belarus
According to the , in late February 2015, there were 136 unemployed per 100 vacancies in labour, employment and social protection agencies. For the first time over the past few years, labour supply exceeded demand – mainly due to reduced demand from companies. The competition on the labour market is expected to grow further, including increased number of job seekers from Ukraine, while wages will grow moderately. Employees will continue cutting working week hours and lay-offs at enterprises will persist. The most qualified workers may consider labour migration outside the CIS market due to the increased wage gap.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.