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Poland admits 61,600 new arrivals from Ukraine: officials

12.02.2024 10:00
Around 61,600 people have arrived in Poland from Ukraine over the past three days, Polish border guards said on Monday.
Photo:Polish Border Guard/twitter.com/Straz_Graniczna

Since February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded its neighbour, about 19 million people have crossed into Poland from Ukraineaccording to the Polish Border Guard agency.

Meanwhile, around 17 million people have left Poland for Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, the agency has said.

From Friday to Sunday, around 62,700 people crossed from Poland into Ukraine, it reported.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda told public broadcaster Polish Radio early last year that the country was home to an estimated 3 million Ukrainians, including those who arrived before the war.

The Polish presidential office said in March last year that around 1.3 million war refugees from Ukraine were staying in Poland after many who had fled Russia's invasion moved on to other countries or decided to return to Ukraine.

In March 2022, Poland enacted a measure to offer wide-ranging support to Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion of their country.

The measure granted them residence rights and ensured access to educationhealthcare and social benefits.

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

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Monday is day 719 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP