Illegal migrants are fleeing migrant centers in Poland, all while costing taxpayers millions

Migrants carry meals at the logistics center "Bruzgi" at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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There are countless example of illegal migrants, who claim they need asylum, fleeing the safe country of Poland and heading further West, where social benefits are more lucrative.

Recently, the Polish border authority spent 30,000 Polish złoty (€6,500) on a six-person Iraqi family, including one disabled person, who fled their refugee center and made their way to Germany. The family crossed the border illegally in March but had originally expressed their desire to stay in Poland and claim refugee status.

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Their effort to flee to Germany was aided by pro-migration activists, with an NGO taking the migrants into its accommodation center in the east of Poland. There, they received medical help and care for the disabled man, including a wheelchair the NGO purchased for him along with specialist treatment. However, on April 6, the whole family left the center and disappeared without ever filing for refugee status, with the 11-day stay setting the Polish taxpayer back €6,500.

This is not an atypical example. Four more families which crossed the border from Belarus have fled from a refugee center near Warsaw. It is not at all uncommon for people claiming to want to stay in Poland to flee for Western Europe, even before filing any application for refugee status. In fact, there is only one example of a migrant actually staying the course to get their application in Poland processed to the end. 

Activists tend not to bother verifying stories of the migrants. That is not just naivety. The organizations helping illegal migrants are raising serious money to fund their efforts, and they are also obtaining a substantial sums from the Polish Border Guard to house the migrants. In one case of the Dialog Foundation, the Border Guard paid 1.5 million Polish złoty (€320,700) to house 300 migrants, out of which only three actually stayed in Poland — all the rest fled for Western Europe. 

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In reality, the activists are in league with the human traffickers.

The traffickers are able to roll up to the centers to take the migrants further west and earn money in the process. Migrants are not as poor as most sympathetic European believe. They can afford such services as well as paying the Belarusian authorities thousands of dollars to enter that country. Stories such as the one about an unconscious Yemeni citizen denied help by Belarusian border guards, who miraculously recovered consciousness when helped across the Polish border by activists, are not uncommon. 

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