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Poland welcomes 3.16 million refugees from Ukraine: officials

05.05.2022 08:30
Poland has taken in more than 3.16 million refugees fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Polish Border Guard agency reported on Thursday.
Evacuees from Russian-occupied areas in southern Ukraine
Evacuees from Russian-occupied areas in southern UkrainePhoto: EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

"Since February 24, a total of 3,163,000 people have crossed into Poland from Ukraine," it said in a tweet.

On Wednesday, around 25,000 refugees from Ukraine arrived in the country, compared with 19,400 a day earlieraccording to the Polish Border Guard.

While most of those crossing the border are Ukrainian nationals, there are also citizens of many other countries among the refugees, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency has reported, citing the foreign ministry in Warsaw.

Poland in March enacted a measure to offer wide-ranging support to Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion of their country, which began on February 24.

The measure grants them residence rights and ensures access to educationhealthcare and social benefits.

Around 91 percent of Poles are in favour of accepting refugees from war-torn Ukraine, according to a survey.


Source: PAP