WARSAW – The attainable invasion of Ukraine by Russia is predicted to result in a brand new inflow of refugees within the coronary heart of Europe, say specialists.
Poland, a rustic with barely any expertise in coping with refugees, is predicted to be probably the most affected by the inflow.
In view of this, the Polish authorities are making ready for varied case situations.
Polish Inside Minister Mariusz Kaminski introduced that regional administrations and municipalities are contemplating the potential for accepting refugees in case of battle in Ukraine.
Polish Deputy Inside Minister Maciej Wasik additionally stated they’re contemplating the potential for practically 1 million Ukrainian refugees coming to the nation.
“The Polish authorities will act in solidarity with Ukraine. Beneath the Geneva Conference, these individuals shall be beneath Polish safety and we’ll by no means say no to individuals who need assistance,” Wasik said.
Agnieszka Kosowicz, head of the Polish Migration Discussion board, a non-governmental group that helps Polish migrant rights, stated the ten facilities operated by the Polish Immigration Workplace have a complete capability of two,000 individuals. Presently, 800 individuals are dwelling there, she stated.
Jan Piekto, former ambassador of Poland to Ukraine, stated there have been greater than 1,000,000 Ukrainians who got here in the hunt for work and are an lively a part of Polish society. Nonetheless, Piekto stated an inflow of tons of of hundreds of individuals fleeing battle and demise isn’t one thing Poland can afford.
The Middle for European Coverage Evaluation (CEPA) additionally said that the EU and Visegrad Group officers ought to consider whether or not the primary reception and transit international locations are prepared for the refugee inflow in case of a attainable invasion.
Poland has a border with Ukraine longer than 482 kilometers (230 miles) and there are greater than 10 transition shadows on the border. Poland is already a most popular nation as a consequence of its geographical proximity, comparatively larger salaries, and different components.
CEPA identified that Poland, like different EU international locations, won’t open its arms to Ukrainian asylum seekers.
“Whereas the Polish prime minister expresses his solidarity with Ukraine, it’s unclear whether or not it will result in easing Poland’s harsh insurance policies on asylum. After Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2015, Poland refused 99% of Ukrainian residents’ asylum requests,” the assertion stated. (Anadolu)