Gov't adopts amendment to law on aid for Ukrainians

Under the proposals, social benefits will be stopped for refugees leaving Poland, and if they leave for more than 30 days they will lose the legal right to stay and receive benefits. Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Poland's government adopted on Tuesday an amendment to a law on aid for Ukrainian citizens, tightening the system of benefits paid to war refugees and providing for them to cover part of the costs of collective accommodation.

The draft amendment regulates aspects of collective accommodation for war refugees including a proposal that from March 1, 2023, refugees who have been in Poland for more than 120 days will have to cover 50 percent of the costs of such accommodation, though not to a total of more than PLN 40 (EUR 8.56) per person per day.

From the same date, those refugees that have been in the country more than 180 days will have to cover 75 percent of their aid costs, to a maximum of PLN 60 (EUR 12.84) per person per day. In addition, in order to continue to use collective accommodation after 120 days, refugees will have to have a national ID number (PESEL).

Disabled people, pensioners, children, pregnant women and parents of babies below one year of age, those with three or more children, and people in a difficult financial situation will be exempt from the charges.

Under the proposals, social benefits will be stopped for refugees leaving Poland, and if they leave for more than 30 days they will lose the legal right to stay and receive benefits.