Up to 7.3 mln Ukrainian refugees may stay in Poland

"According to Polish analyses, the number of people who will have to leave Ukraine may reach as many as 11 million," the ministry said, quoting Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, a deputy funds and regional policy minister. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The Polish Funds and Regional Policy Ministry has put the ultimate number of Ukrainian refugees who may decide to stay in Poland at 2.8 million to 7.3 million.

"Poland has already accepted about 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, some of the refugees have continued their journey further west and have already left Poland.

"According to Polish analyses, the number of people who will have to leave Ukraine may reach as many as 11 million," the ministry said, quoting Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, a deputy funds and regional policy minister.

"We assess that the vast majority of them, from 2.8 million or even up to 7.3 million refugees, may stay in Poland," the ministry said.

"The European Commission has published similar estimates," the ministry added.