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Poland admits 37,400 new arrivals from Ukraine: officials

23.02.2024 10:15
Around 37,400 people have arrived in Poland from Ukraine over the past two days, Polish border guards said on Friday.
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.

On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 30,000 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 late last year.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II.

Friday is day 730 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP