Polish Senate approves extension of temporary protections for Ukrainians


The Polish Senate has passed a bill extending legal protections and assistance for Ukrainians who arrived in the country since February 2022, the chamber announced on May 23.

According to the statement, 87 senators voted in favor, four opposed the extension, and one abstained.

The temporary protection for Ukrainian citizens has been extended from June 30, 2024, to September 30, 2025. The document will now be sent to Polish President Andrzej Duda to be signed into law.

Starting July 1, funding for the accommodation and meals for Ukrainian refugees will only be possible with an agreement signed with local government bodies.

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Under the new provisions, from July 1, Poland will cancel the one-time cash assistance of PLN 300 ($76). The law also sets a maximum term of 36 months during which Ukrainians will be able to receive free Polish language training.

Additionally, the bill included an amendment that requires a valid passport for Ukrainian refugees to register with Poland’s PESEL system (similar to a U.S. Social Security Number).

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