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Make it more difficult for Ukrainian Refugees to obtain help

Because the Polish government is having trouble meeting its financial obligations, the country aims to make it more difficult for Ukrainian refugees to obtain help.

Since Russia began its invasion of the neighboring state of Ukraine in February with a military campaign, many Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.

According to information published in Dziennik Gazeta Prawna on Sunday, a draught amendment towards the law on refugees requires Ukrainians to receive a national id number (PESEL) and actually live in Poland in order to be eligible for financial assistance, including month-to-month subsidies for families. This information comes from the proposed amendment.

The refugees will be given a month to submit their application for a PESEL number, and if they left Poland for longer than a month, they will forfeit their access to financial assistance. In order to keep individuals from abusing the welfare system, the revisions will also equip the authorities with the instruments necessary to improve their ability to trace movement over the border.

As per Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, approximately 1.4 million Ukrainians already have an identity number, but this does not mean that every single person in the country has sought one.

The Ministry of the Interior has made a proposal to institute a certification that would enable Ukrainians to travel outside of Poland for shorter periods of time without jeopardizing their eligibility for welfare benefits while doing so.

The suggested alterations, according to Grzegorz Kubalski, the acting director of the Association of Polish Provinces, “make the situation coherent and reduce hurdles in the performance of specific public services.”

According to statements made by Polish Assistant Justice Minister Pawel Szefernaker earlier this month, Ukrainians who reside in collective housing, such as market hallways, fire stations, or boarding houses, will be required to pay for half of their monthly living expenses beginning in January if they have done so for more than 120 days.

According to Szefernaker, there are 80,000 people in Ukraine who are provided with this kind of accommodation. He said, “We cannot support the residency of refugees for an endless amount of time.”

According to a story that was published in the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita on Sunday, the Polish government is “overwhelmed” after investing a total of 6 billion zlotych ($billion) in help to Ukrainian refugees.

In July, the Polish Border Agent reported that over 5.1 million migrants have entered the nation from Ukraine during February. This number was reported by the Polish Border Guard. According to Rzeczpospolita, there are around 1.2 million refugees from Ukraine now residing in Poland.

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