Poland expects 1 million refugees from Ukraine, but many of them are originally from other countries

While the majority crossing into Poland are Ukrainians, already people from 125 different countries have entered Poland due to the conflict

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Joanna Potocka

Poland’s top diplomat, speaking after a meeting of the Weimar Triangle in Łódz with the foreign ministers from France and Germany, has assured that any refugee turning up at Poland’s border will be admitted.

He stressed that among the refugees are citizens from many countries from all over the world.

“According to our data, people from 125 countries have arrived in Poland. Most of them are of course Ukrainians. All those who fearing for their health and life cross the Polish border will be admitted, cared for and will be given food, shelter and contact with their country’s consular services,” the Polish foreign minister declared.

In their debate in Lodz, ministers Zbigniew Rau, Annalena Baerbock, and Jean-Yves Le Drian „focused on the current situation in Ukraine and Russia’s aggression against the country,” informed Polish foreign ministry. (Source: B. Peterman/MSZ)

Minister Rau assured that all refugees would be treated with kindness and that Ukrainians fleeing war know that they will be safe and among friends in Poland. He underlined the close cultural ties and shared values between Poland and Ukraine.

According to the UNHCR, 660,000 people have fled Ukraine for neighboring states until Tuesday. The UN’s agency has informed about long lines on the border between Ukraine and Poland, with waiting times to make a crossing reaching up to 60 hours.

Ukrainians are also fleeing to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova.

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