Poland has opened its arms to nearly 1 million Ukrainian refugees, but will they be able to stay for the long term?

Wed, 27 Mar 2024 04:33:20 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the European
landscape has been completely transformed by Ukrainian migrants fleeing their

According to the European Union, around 4.2 million Ukrainians currently
receive temporary protection in EU countries, which entitles them to residence
permits, working rights and access to health care and education.

The largest number are in Germany, where 1.2 million Ukrainians were living as
of November 2023. Surprisingly, the second-largest number of refugees (960,000)
are in Poland, a country with no significant history of accepting forced

In the weeks after Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, Poland
immediately opened its borders and became the primary recipient of Ukrainian
refugees. By May 2022, 3.5 million Ukrainians – or 53% of all people who fled
the country – had crossed the border into Poland.

Many have since returned to Ukraine or settled elsewhere, but many have stayed.
Why has Poland been so open to this large number of migrants – and how long
will they be able to stay?"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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