Three-quarters of respondents in a survey by the publicly owned agency CBOS said that the war in Ukraine threatened Poland’s security. The figure has been a constant for some months now.
When asked if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine represented a threat to Polish security, 35 percent of the survey participants said “yes, definitely,” while a further 40 percent replied “probably yes.” Meanwhile, 18 percent of respondents felt that it probably did not threaten Poland’s security. Only 2 percent said it was definitely no threat.
At the same time, more than four-fifths of those asked, 81 percent, were in favor of accepting refugees from war-torn Ukraine. This confirms that Poles maintain a high level of support for the presence of Ukrainian refugees in the country. That support is present among all age groups, social groups, and political parties.
Poland has received universal acclaim for its hosting of over a million Ukrainian refugees, while also avoiding having to set up long-term refugee camps due to individuals, local authorities, and civil society organizations stepping in to provide accommodations for the arrivals. The Polish government also ensured that refugees were given social security numbers so that they could work, as well as have the right to healthcare and to send their children to Polish schools.