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Number of Ukrainian refugees in Poland revealed – RT World News



950,000 people are registered as such, with the total number of Ukrainian nationals in the country exceeding two million, a senior official said.

Nearly one million Ukrainian refugees now reside in Poland, Bartosz Marczuk, vice-president of the Polish Development Fund, revealed on Tuesday. He estimated that Warsaw had spent at least $8 billion to support Ukraine in 2022.

In a series of tweets, Marczuk offered a detailed overview of the refugee situation in Poland in light of the Ukrainian conflict. According to his data, “there are currently 950,000 refugees in Poland, more than 400,000 less than the summer peak”.

Marczuk said Poland has also become home to an additional 1.2 to 1.3 million Ukrainians who moved there before hostilities broke out in late February.

The total number of Ukrainians in Poland is around 2.3 million, he added.

Meanwhile, the official continued, 90% of the refugees are women and children, representing 2.5% of the country’s population.

During their stay in Poland, Ukrainian refugees receive social benefits, including school allowances. Meanwhile, 65% of school-aged children are enrolled in local institutions, while 50% of preschoolers attend kindergartens, he noted, suggesting that some students may attend online course. Polish authorities spend about 200 million Polish zlotys ($45 million) a month on these efforts, he said.

However, Warsaw also has to bear other expenses. “In 2022, Poland made serious efforts to help Ukraine”, he said, adding that he had allocated 35-40 billion zlotys ($7.9-9 billion) to support Ukraine. The sum includes security aid, private aid, budget allocations, local governments and NGOs.

However, he pointed out a “very high employment rate” among refugees of working age, with approximately 320,000 employed. In the near future, this will generate billions of zlotys for the budget from taxes and contributions from only the salaries of refugees, Marczuk said.

In October, Poland proposed to toughen the rules and deprive Ukrainians of financial assistance if they leave the country for more than a month. The government also announced that from next year, refugees living in public accommodation centers for more than 120 days will have to start paying for their accommodation and food.

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