Almost a thousand foreigners applied for international protection in Poland in October, informed the Office for Foreigners. Most of them were citizens of Belarus and Iraq.
According to the information provided by the Office for Foreigners, 6,100 people have applied for the refugee status since the beginning of the year. In October, almost a thousand people applied for international protection, most of them were citizens of Belarus – 375 people and Iraq – 320 people.
– In total, this year, the largest number of refugee applications was submitted by the citizens of: Belarus – 1.8 thousand people, Afghanistan – 1.7 thousand people, Russia – 800 people and Iraq – 800 people – Jakub Dudziak, the Office’s spokesman, informed the Polish Press Agency.
1.6 thousand foreigners were granted international protection
He also said that by the end of October 1.6 thousand foreigners were granted international protection. They were mainly citizens of Belarus – 870 people and Afghanistan – 560 people. The latter are collaborators of the Polish army and diplomacy evacuated in August.
“Negative decisions were received by a thousand foreigners, mostly Russian citizens – 540 people. The proceedings concerning 770 foreigners ended in discontinuation,” Dudziak said. He added that cases are discontinued, inter alia, in a situation where the foreigner left Poland before issuing the decision.
International protection – to whom it is assigned
The Office for Foreigners reminded that a foreigner is granted international protection – in the form of a refugee status or subsidiary protection – if in his country of origin he is at risk of persecution or a real risk of loss of life or health. There must be no circumstances indicating that a given person may, for example, constitute a threat to security.
During the asylum procedure, foreigners may use social assistance provided by the Office for Foreigners. It includes, among others possibility of accommodation with meals in the center for foreigners, medical care, learning Polish or financial support to cover the costs of stay in the country.
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