The paper noted that last year, the country's Office of Foreigners saw over 2,300 applications for refugee status from Ukraine, compared with just 86 a year earlier. The office also saw a nearly threefold rise in the number of residency permit applications, from about 12,900 in 2013 to 28,000 a year later. Hinting at the economic crisis engulfing Ukraine, the country's Ministry of Labor processed at least 359,000 applications for work, compared with 134,000 a year earlier.
Among the applications for refugee status, none have received it, the Polish Press Agency has reported earlier this week. The agency notes that the Office of Foreigners' decision is based on strict rules laid out in the Geneva Refugee Convention, which stipulates that individuals applying for the status must show that they are in fear of persecution and are unable to find shelter in other areas inside their own country. About a dozen applicants received 'tolerated' permits, allowing them to stay in the country.
The paper also quotes Alexandr, a Ukrainian from the Dnepropetrovsk region who has been living in Poland for over eight months. "Only 200 kilometers from my home, in Mariupol, there is war," Alexandr notes, adding that he fears that there is nothing for him to return to in Ukraine, noting the country's economic collapse and fearing for his safety. "I would like to bring my wife and daughter here, but the registration procedures are complicated," he noted.