1 in 4 of Ukrainian refugees of working age are now legally employed in Poland

“We are setting a global standard. There hasn’t been any such an example anywhere,” says Polish minister responsible for war refugees from Ukraine

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: dziennik.pl
Ukrainian refugee women working at a Ukrainian food bar that a private foundation has opened to offer jobs to the refugees, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, April 1, 2022. Having escaped from Russian shelling, Ukrainian refugees are now focused on building new lives — temporarily or permanently. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland has now assigned 400,000 Ukrainians of working age a Polish personal identification number (PESEL) and over a quarter of them are now legally employed across Poland, revealed Poland’s Deputy Minister of the Interior Paweł Szefernaker.

The government minister responsible for the administration of war refugees from Ukraine highlighted the need to create a systemic solution that is being worked on by the Polish government with other partners, to ensure that people fleeing the war in Ukraine can adapt and become independent in Poland.

“For instance, over 100,000 people legally work in Poland, and out of those who came to Poland, we have over 400,000 people who are in production age in the PESEL base, which means that one in four refugees who are in production age took a job,” Szefernaker explained. “We are setting a global standard. There hasn’t been any such an example anywhere,” he added.

According to the deputy minister, Ukrainian refugees in Poland are becoming independent and are trying to rent private accommodations. He also assured that there are tens of thousands of reserve accommodations in various facilities owned by the state and municipalities.

Szefernaker explained that Poland had not received any funds from the EU to support the country’s assistance of Ukrainian refugees, and reminded that both Greece and Turkey had received billions of euros due to migration crises in the past.

The Polish government will be proposing to create an additional EU fund to order to help refugees from Ukraine, Szefernaker added.

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