Over 700 individuals applied for refugee status in Q1: Foreigners Office

Over 700 foreigners, including 265 Belarusians, applied for refugee status in Poland in the first quarter of 2021, a spokesman for the Office for Foreigners (UdSC) Jakub Dudziak reported on Friday.

According to UdSC, the number of foreigners applying for international protection in Poland decreased by nearly 20 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2021, falling to 720 cases. Most of the applicants seeking international protection in Poland came from Belarus (265), Russia (193) and Afghanistan (61).

"In the first quarter of 2021, the conditions, which are necessary to be granted international protection in Poland, including both refugee status or subsidiary protection, were met by 186 foreigners, including 119 Belarusians, 33 Russians and 12 Turkish citizens," Jakub Dudziak said.

Mr Dudziak added that 307 foreigners, mainly of Russian origin, were refused international protection in Poland while nearly 220 proceedings were dropped - that figure mostly concerned the Afghan people.

The number of foreign nationals with a residency permit in Poland rose by 34,000 in 2020 to reach 457,000. The largest group consists of Ukrainians (244,200) and Belarusians (28,200).

The majority of residency permits issued were related to work, which in 2020 applied to 76 percent of foreigners in Poland.