In Poland there are more than a million Ukrainian labor migrants, of which several tens of thousands are those who "flee to Poland from the war in the east of Ukraine." Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki claimed this to the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, Ukrinform reports.
"I also spoke about the problem of the Russian-Ukrainian war, which led to the fact that we have more than a million people from Ukraine, who are generally labor migrants. However, if we seriously study the statistical data, at least a few or several tens of thousands of people are from the war territories, without a roof over their heads, typical refugees from the territory of eastern Ukraine," Morawiecki said.
But, the prime minister noted, Poland is not going to change its position on the issue of refugees, that is, the asylum procedures will remain quite tough.
"Indeed, our asylum procedures are quite tough, there is but a handful of people who have received this status. However, we have shown thousands of requests for asylum, filed in Poland," Morawiecki said.
As it was reported earlier Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights claimed that the majority of 1.5 million of the Ukrainians in Poland are labor migrants and the issue is not about the refugees.
Mateusz Morawiecki earlier claimed that his country accepted more than 1.5 million of the Ukrainians, including dozens of thousands displaced persons from Donbas during the last years. According to him, Poland attempted to reduce the tension in the migration sphere due to this.
625 Ukrainians appealed to the Polish authorities with the request to provide them the international protection in 2017 and the dozens of thousands of the Ukrainian refugees are out of question. Svitlana Krysa, the Head of the Consular Department of the Embassy of Ukraine to Poland reported. According to her, the number of the Ukrainian refugees in Poland or those who want to get the international protection decreased in comparison to the previous years and the number announced by the Polish prime minister does not correspond to the reality.