The Polish authorities unreasonably paid about 2 million zlotys (more than €427 thousand) to Ukrainian refugees and demand the return of benefits, since people should not have received money if they immediately left the country, the Rzeczpospolita newspaper writes on March 8.
So far, only 35.3 thousand zlotys ($8 thousand) have been returned. The Polish Social Security Service demanded that the money be returned within two years.
At the moment, the payment of benefits to about 3.2 thousand citizens of Ukraine has been suspended.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 1.5 million Ukrainians are currently registered in Poland.
Since March 1, Warsaw has obliged Ukrainian refugees to independently pay for accommodation in residence centers in Poland.
In February, it was reported that the level of acceptance of refugees from Ukraine in Poland was falling significantly. Now it is 67% — the lowest result for the year.
According to Senator Aleksey Pushkov, the “fabric of solidarity” will thin out over time and the attitude towards refugees in Poland will become even worse.