Poland has spent more than $5 billion to support Ukrainian refugees (photo)

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Poland spent more than $5 billion to support Ukrainian refugees (photo)

In total, 77% of Polish citizens participated in various forms of support for Ukrainians. 20% of them donated over PLN 500, and 8% donated PLN 1,000 or more.

The Polish Institute of Economics (PIE) has calculated the total material assistance received by Ukrainian refugees in the country since the beginning of the war. Polish citizens allocated up to 10 billion zlotys (more than $2 billion) to help Ukrainians who fled the war, and government spending to support refugees amounted to 15.9 billion zlotys ($3.18 billion). This is reported by the Polish edition Rzeczpospolita.

The publication writes that the results of the study suggest that the participation of Poles in the fate of Ukrainian citizens who came to Poland can hardly be overestimated. According to PIE, a total of 77% of the population participated in various forms of support for Ukrainians – from financial donations and volunteer activities to providing people with their own houses and apartments. At the same time, 70% of the population provided assistance at the beginning of the war, and 50% during the following weeks.

Poland has spent more than $5 billion to support Ukrainian refugees (photo)

The total material assistance to refugees, according to PIE estimates, exceeded two to three times the expenses of the Pole for charity for the whole of 2021 and is at the level of PLN 9-10 billion. This includes both direct donations and public fundraisers. In addition, this includes the cost of housing, food and other forms of support offered by the Poles.

Poland spent more than $5 billion to support Ukrainian refugees (photo)

At the same time, 36% of respondents donated from 100 to 500 zlotys, 44% – did not provide any assistance to refugees or gave a small amount – up to 100 zlotys. At the same time, 20% of citizens donated over PLN 500, and 8% donated over PLN 1,000.

The PIE survey showed that the higher a person's income, the more actively they participate in supporting refugees. However, even among those who earn less than PLN 2,000 net, the majority did not stand aside – only 26% of Polish citizens from this group did not help Ukrainians in any way.

“This may indicate a truly massive humanitarian upsurge in Polish society,” a PIE representative comments.

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