Poland’s new PM says country has welcomed many Ukrainian refugees

15:40, 09 December 2017
Politics
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In his first interview since being nominated as prime minister to TV Trwam, Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland had already accepted many refugees from Ukraine, according to Notes from Poland.

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"We've already taken in a lot of refugees from Ukraine because a war is going on there,” he told TV Trwam.

The prime minister added that “the EU does not seem to notice this” and that the European Commission “does not see that there is a war in eastern Ukraine”.

So far this year Poland has granted refugee status to 56 Ukrainians; last year it was only 16, according to the report.

It is reported that Morawiecki is aware of almost all Ukrainians in Poland being economic migrants rather than actual refugees.

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