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Office for Foreigners. 5,600 foreigners applied for international protection in 2021. Most in five years

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This year, 5,600,000 foreigners applied for international protection. 1,200 of them have so far been approved, Jakub Dudziak, the press spokesman of the Office for Foreigners, informed on Monday. He added that this is the highest number of submitted applications since 2016 and twice as many applications as in the whole of last year.

The spokesman of the Office for Foreigners informed that the majority of applications for international protection were submitted by citizens of Afghanistan – 1700 people, Belarus – 1600 people, Russia – 800 people and Iraqi – 600 people.

– So far, the Office for Foreigners has issued positive decisions in relation to 1,200 people. They were mostly citizens of Belarus – 800 people, and citizens of Afghanistan – just over 200 people. This group includes basically only Afghan citizens evacuated to Poland in August – collaborators of the Polish army and Polish diplomacy – said Dudziak.


970 foreigners received negative decisions

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He added that around 970 foreigners received negative decisions. 770 proceedings have been discontinued so far. He noted that many cases were pending. At the same time, the spokesman of the Office for Foreigners announced that the procedure for granting international protection should be completed within the statutory period of six months.

According to the information provided by the spokesman of the Office for Foreigners, the citizens of Russia received the most negative decisions. In the case of discontinued proceedings, most concerns concern Afghan citizens – about 270 proceedings.

About 5.5 thousand foreigners benefit from social assistance

Dudziak also said that approximately 5,500 foreigners benefit from social assistance provided by the Office for Foreigners, which is 75 percent more than at the beginning of the year. On the other hand, the possibility of accommodation in centers for foreigners operated by the Office for Foreigners is used by slightly more than 1,500 people.

The spokesman of the Office for Foreigners reminded that the assistance provided during the proceedings is twofold – on the one hand, the possibility of accommodation and meals in the center for foreigners; on the other – if the foreigner wants to stay outside the center – financial assistance in the amount depending on the number of people in the family. – In the case of one person it is PLN 750 a month, in the case of, for example, a family of four, it is PLN 1500 per month – said the spokesman of the Office for Foreigners.

The Office of Foreigners reminds that a foreigner is granted international protection if in his country of origin he or she is at risk of persecution or a real risk of loss of life or health.

During the refugee procedure, foreigners may use social assistance, including accommodation, food and health care provided by the Office for Foreigners, and educational activities, such as learning Polish. They have the choice of staying in the center or supporting themselves outside the centers with financial help from the office.

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Border Guard: over 500 attempts to illegally cross the border last 24 hours

A spokeswoman for the Border Guard informed at a press conference on Monday that 542 attempts to cross the border illegally were revealed on the Polish-Belarusian section of the border last day. She added that since the beginning of this month there are already 9.6 thousand attempts, and from the beginning of the year 21.2 thousand attempts.

– From the beginning of the year, we detained 1,923 illegal immigrants, of which 1,004 are citizens of Iraq. In July, we detained 242 such people, in August 960, in September 319, and in October, 260 illegal immigrants so far, informed the spokeswoman of the Border Guard, Lieutenant Anna Michalska.

SG informed that since the beginning of the year, 128 people were detained for aiding, yesterday there were six such people, including a German citizen who came abroad with a Turkish citizen to collect illegal immigrants abroad, a Lebanese citizen with a German residence permit, and a Ukrainian citizen with a Polish residence permit. “There are nine people in hospitals at the moment – two Congolese nationals, seven Iraqi nationals,” she said, adding that they were all adults.

She added that at the moment there are 1,655 foreigners in the centers, including 700 people in the men’s block and 960 people in the family block.

A spokeswoman for the Border Guard also announced that the family – two children and their parents – were revealed on the Polish-Belarusian border on Sunday. – The woman testified that she was pregnant, at the moment we are waiting for the doctor’s arrival, these people are staying in the facility in Michałów – said Michalska. She added that the woman’s health is currently good.

Also on Sunday, police officers stopped the vehicle in which the foreigner was carrying six illegal immigrants, including a woman with three children. As Michalska said, these people were transported to one of the Border Guard outposts. There – as it was said – the woman lost consciousness; she had epileptic symptoms. According to the information provided by the Border Guard, an ambulance was called to the woman and she is currently in the hospital. – Her condition was serious, but now her life is not in danger – said Michalska. She added that the woman’s children are currently staying in the Border Guard facility in Bobrowniki.

State of emergency on the eastern borderPAP

State of emergency

Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus – in 183 towns of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships – a state of emergency has been in force. It was initially introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On October 1, it was extended for another 60 days.

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