Starting July 1, the Polish government will stop offering financial support to families hosting Ukrainian war refugees. Recent IBRiS polls have shown a majority of Polish citizens favor the decision.
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The government decided to terminate the financial aid program for several reasons. 

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki explained that many war refugees have already returned to Ukraine and a large part of those who stayed succeeded in finding a job.  

The daily "Rzeczpospolita" pointed out, however, that by terminating the subsidy program, the government seeks to encourage remaining refugees to also become independent. Yet, it is hardly a secret that money plays a crucial role here as well. The Ministry of the Interior told the newspaper that over 190.000 applications have been submitted only until mid-May, which amounted to over PLN 821 million.

The decision to cancel the financial aid program is also supported by a majority of Polish citizens. According to a recent survey conducted by IBRiS for "Rzeczpospolita", over 63% of respondents approved of the government's decision.

One in three applications gets approved

The financial aid program was introduced back in March in a special act on assistance to Ukrainian refugees. It granted support to host families providing accommodation and food to Ukrainian citizens who fled to Poland because of the Russian invasion. The host was entitled to PLN 40 per person per day (approximately EUR 8,6), for a duration of a maximum of 120 days.

As many Poles have opened their doors to Ukrainian refugees, offices have been flooded with applications. The Municipal Office in Wrocław alone received 9.500 inquiries.

- For several weeks, after the record-breaking month of April, we have been receiving ever fewer applications. The tendency is stable and remains at the level of 150-200 applications a day- Wojciech Koerber from the Wrocław municipal council tells "Wyborcza".  

So far, Wrocław authorities decided to help some 3.400 applicants, i.e. almost every third. Another few thousand applications are still being processed. They have been verified, but require corrections or amendments.  

Offices report delays in processing applications

For several weeks now, additional employees have been hired to help processing applications in Wrocław, so the offices manage to gradually catch up with pending work. There are still delays in payments, but - as officials emphasize - it is mainly due to a large number of applications and the fact that some of them need to be corrected.

- Some people respond to our emails quickly, but others take a few days or even a week. This delays actions and payments, and is out of our control - adds Wojciech Koerber. - We encourage our clients to visit us in person at the municipal office at 43-45 Kuźnicza Street and correct their applications on the spot. This will greatly speed up the payment of benefits.  

He also stresses that the Wrocław City Hall is doing its best so that at the end of June the benefits will be paid on the spot, i.e. within a few days after receiving the application.

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