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Poland plans for Ukrainian refugees to start covering part of their food and housing costs after the fourth month of their stay in state housing, Reuters reported, citing the Polish government. 

Over 2 million Ukrainian refugees have found temporary refuge in neighboring Poland, relying on the kindness of strangers who opened their homes and on government aid.

Most Ukrainian refugees left the vans in Elhovo and went to Romania

However, after initial public support for refugees, resources began to run out, and it became increasingly difficult for refugees to find housing and receive support as Poland faced an economic crisis and budget constraints.

"Citizens of Ukraine staying in Poland in temporary accommodation centers will bear part of the costs of accommodation and food," the Polish government said in a statement.

Those staying for more than 120 days in such accommodation, such as government-funded hotel rooms or school dormitories, will have to cover 50 percent of the cost, up to 40 zlotys (€8.55) per day per person.

After the 180th day, however, they will have to pay 75 percent of the value up to 60 zlotys (€12.82).

Under the plan, people unable to work due to age or disability, as well as pregnant women, will not be charged.

The government wants the new rules to come into force on March 1, 2023. The bill is to be voted on in parliament, where it is expected to be passed without any difficulties, BTA writes.



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