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 claimed this to 112 Ukraine.
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.
'We talk about the real number of the refugees from Ukraine in Poland not for the first time because this issue was raised by former Prime Minister Shydlo and now Morawiecki names the number of the refugees from Ukraine that is high but according to the official information, only 625 Ukrainians appealed with the request to provide them the international protections during January-November 2017. The number decreased in four times in the comparison to 2014 and it decreased twice in comparison to 2016. 1306 people asked for the international defense in 2016. Totally, 21% of the Ukrainians asked for the status of the refugee in 2017 among the total number of the foreigners that appeal for the international defense', she claimed.
Krysa noted that the Ukrainians come to Poland and other EU countries for the job placement.
'Our citizens that come to the EU countries, particularly to Poland are treated as the labor migrants. First of all, it is people that come for the job placement, education and there is no moral right to call all those people migrants', the diplomat claimed.
She added that the statements of the Polish authorities on the dozens of the refugees from Ukraine are the excuse for the EU countries to not accept the migrants from other countries of the migration risk', she concluded.
'I think it is the inner policy of the concern to not accept the migrants from other countries of the migration risk. The Ukrainians cannot be treated as the token money. It is a political issue, political aspect and excuse of Poland for other EU countries to not accept the migrants from other countries of the migration risk'.
Earlier Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of Poland claimed that Poland accepted at least a few dozens or even hundreds of the thousands of the refugees from Ukraine.
Earlier the UN reported that about 107 000 people arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean Sea or land routes in the first half of 2017. The leaders of most EU countries agreed on the acceptation of the refugees by each country according to the quotas. At the same time, some countries, particularly Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic expressed their unwillingness to open the borders for the migrants.