Now there are 2 thousand refugees in Poland, but they have not received this status officially, stated Deshchytsia. Of course, the group of Ukrainian migrants is not homogenous, and they are not just trying to get away from the country: some people are looking for a job, some come here to study. About 23 thousand Ukrainian students study in Poland. Ukrainians also come to Poland to set up business. For example, 280 thousand visas were issued in Lviv during the last year. Minister estimates that 500 thousand Ukrainians permanently live in Poland permanent population.Andriy Deshchytsia highlighted that Ukraine and Poland needs to set an opened dialogue to answer tangible issues challenges of the common history.
Minister expressed his intention to sign an agreement on youth exchanges program as a part of intercultural dialogue. The project is ready for signing by the Ukrainian side and he hopes hope it will be signed by the Polish government before the elections. He stressed on the urgent need for integration of 23 thousand Ukrainian students who study in Poland. During World Youth Day in Krakow must show up a Ukrainian group as well, since such gestures are very important for the development of mutual understanding.
Deshchytsia also stressed on religious closeness of the people, Ukrainians and Poles as Christians should remember what happened, and did not let happen something alike. He set an example of Polish-German reconciliation and Polish-Jewish and formula of "forgive and ask for forgiveness". “I believe that we must be open and honest with each other. We must respect the memory of all the victims and punish those who led to the tragedy. Ukrainians and Poles as Christians should remember what happened, and did not let it happen again,” said Deshchytsia.
Andriy Deshchytsia highlighted that Ukraine and Poland needs to set an opened dialogue to answer tangible issues challenges of the common history. Exasperating enmity between Ukraine and Poland does serve neither Poland nor Ukraine. About a week ago Ukraine and Poland commemorated the 72th annual of Volyn Massacre, a notorious controversial incident of common history. Ukrainian youth living in Poland, placed flowers at the Volyn Massacre monument, paying tribute to the victims of this tragedy. The emotionless discourse is needed not to leave the politicians or the third parties to speculate on emotions and feelings toward of Volhyn Massacres or other touchable issues, said the minister.
Ukrainian side argues that “Volun massacre” were mutual ethnic cleansing of Ukrainian and Polish people conducted by Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukrayinska Povstanska Armiya, UPA) and the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa) together with Polish Schutzmannschaft battalions, and Soviet partisans in 1943 during the Second World War in Volyn, Western Ukraine. While Polish side states that it was genocide of the Polish people.