Poland getting ready for new wave of Ukrainian refugees says PM

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Poland is readying itself for a possible new wave of Ukrainian refugees, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.

Morawiecki made the statement after a government meeting on Tuesday which discussed new legislation on assistance for Ukrainian refugees.

"We have been preparing ourselves for a new, possible wave of refugees... and we want our system to be properly prepared so that the Polish taxpayer pays as little as possible," Morawiecki stated.

"The Council of Ministers discussed a draft bill which is designed to change the current package of aid for Ukrainian refugees in order to avoid any misuse of the Polish social security and health care systems, and to eliminate any irregularities, which have been reported, even though very rarely," Morawiecki said.

The prime minister also said that talks were underway with partners from Canada, the US and Western Europe so that Poland could receive funds as early as possible "in order to offer assistance to refugees." 

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 8.05 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland and over 6.24 million people had left Poland for Ukraine.