Bossernaker: draft changes to the refugee law next week

State Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, Government Plenipotentiary for War Refugees from Ukraine PAP / Leszek Szymański

Next week we will present a draft amendment to the law on aid to refugees from Ukraine, the deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, Paweł Bossernaker, announced. The project includes solutions for the labor market, childcare, language courses and the development of vacancies by local authorities.

Bossernaker, the government plenipotentiary for war refugees from Ukraine, took part in a meeting in the Senate on Friday of the Committee on Family, Senior Citizens and Social Policy and the Committee on Emigration and Connection with Poland Abroad, to address the challenges related to the integration of refugees in Poland.

The deputy minister recalled that a special team from the government and local authorities is currently working on solutions related to the adjustment of Ukrainian citizens. “Today the most important thing is that by July 1 we can prepare such systemic solutions that will allow us to stabilize the situation in the coming months.† They are related to childcare, education and the labor market “- he explained.

As he stressed, the government will propose to parliament next week draft amendments to the law on aid to Ukrainian citizens. The main assumptions, he explained, were to make the labor market more flexible, to increase the possibility of using Polish language courses by Ukrainians, and to create kindergartens for children from Ukraine.

“It is also a question of the first changes related to the development of vacant buildings by local authorities. It is an extremely important issue, because even before the war (Russia against Ukraine – PAP) there were problems with access to municipal housing , and The arrival of such a large group of refugees in Poland made the problem bigger and bigger, so we are making the law more flexible here,” says Bossernaker.

The Deputy Minister emphasized that Polish interests should also be taken into account, which is why the draft provides for the establishment of a joint application of the Border Guard and the Social Insurance Institution. It will make it possible to ensure that Ukrainian citizens who have left Poland do not use the benefits they are entitled to as refugees. Under the special law, refugees lose their right to benefits one month after they leave Poland.

PLN 1,700 million was disbursed from the Local Government Relief Fund

Bossernaker also pointed out that the first phase of activities related to emergency humanitarian aid to refugees is coming to an end. He stated, among other things, that since the beginning of the war, various institutions had organized more than 5,000 reception places and housing. 354,000 found shelter and help there. refugees.

The deputy head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration also informed that PLN 1.7 billion from the Relief Fund has been paid to local governments to finance various activities, including the payment of benefits to Polish citizens who help refugees.

Bossernaker reported that: 1.1 million citizens of Ukraine have a PESEL number. Half a million of them are children and 450,000 people of working age. He also explained that nearly 160,000 refugees have taken up legal employment† Comparing this data, he pointed out that 1/3 of people of working age are already in work.

According to Szefernaker, it shows how unique this migration is. Not only because they are women and children, but also because it is a group of people who want to work. The government estimates that 1.5 million refugees are considering a longer stay in Poland.

The meeting was attended by, among others, Prof. Maciej Duszczyk from the University of Warsaw. In his opinion, the reception aid in Poland was “brilliant”.

“However, we must be aware that if most of these people decide to stay, the challenge will be enormous, looking at the months after the holidays, if only from the point of view of the school system, that more or less these 500,000 children in a model” – said the expert.

Summarizing, the speech of the Government Plenipotentiary for Refugees, Prof. Duszczyk drew the attention of, among other things, for a better and better cooperation of the government with the local government aimed at solving acute problems and for opening up to long-term cooperation with non-governmental organizations . “This is good information. Just wait for the implementation” – he judged. (DAD)

Author: Agnieszka Ziemska

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