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Poland to toughen Ukrainian refugee law — RT World News

Warsaw wants to improve how it tracks the movement of people eligible for benefits

Poland plans to make it harder for Ukrainian refugees to receive aid as the government grapples with the financial burden. Millions of Ukrainians fled to Poland after Russia launched its military operation in the neighboring state in February.

According to a draft amendment to the Refugee Law, Ukrainians will need to obtain a national identification number (PESEL) and reside in Poland to receive financial assistance, including monthly grants for families, the newspaper reported on Sunday. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

Refugees will have 30 days to apply for a PESEL number and will lose their right to payment if they leave Poland for more than a month. The amendments will also provide tools for authorities to better track movement across the border to prevent abuse of the welfare system.

About 1.4 million Ukrainians have already received an ID number, but not everyone has applied for one, according to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

The Interior Ministry has proposed the introduction of a certificate that would allow Ukrainians to make short trips outside Poland without losing access to social benefits.

Grzegorz Kubalski, deputy director of the Union of Polish Counties (ZPP), said the proposed changes “To put the situation in order and eliminate obstacles to the implementation of certain public services”.

Polish Deputy Interior Minister Pawel Szefernaker said this month that Ukrainians staying in collective accommodation, including market halls, fire stations and boarding houses, will have to cover half of their costs subsistence from January if they have been in places like this for over 120 years. days.

According to Szefernaker, 80,000 Ukrainians receive this type of housing. “We cannot finance the stay of refugees indefinitely”, he said.

Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Sunday that the government is “overwhelmed” after spending a total of 5.5 billion zlotys ($1.1 billion) on aid for Ukrainian refugees.

Polish border guards said in July that more than 5.1 million people had entered the country from Ukraine since February. About 1.2 million Ukrainian refugees currently live in Poland, according to Rzeczpospolita.

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