Poland welcomes nearly 10 million refugees from Ukraine
Poland has taken in nearly 10 million refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Polish Border Guard agency reported on Saturday.
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More than 9.6 million refugees have crossed into Poland since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country’s Border Guard said.
On Friday, 21,000 refugees from Ukraine arrived in Poland, according to the agency.
Meanwhile, a total of 7.7 million people left Poland for Ukraine, including 18,700 on Friday, the Border Guard noted.
A deputy prime minister said in December that Poland was home to more than 2 million Ukrainians after many who had fled Russia’s invasion moved on to other countries or decided to return to Ukraine.
Poland in March passed a bill that offers 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 education, healthcare and social benefits.
Over 80 percent of Poles are in favour of accepting refugees from war-torn Ukraine, according to a recent survey.