Close to 1.6 million people from Ukraine flee to Poland

A woman holds her child as she arrives in Berdyszcze in Poland, after crossing the border from Ukraine. Photo: UNICEF

Close to 1.6 million people (1.596 million) have fled Ukraine to Poland since the Russian assaults began, the Polish Border Guard agency said on Saturday.

The number of people crossing the frontier fell on Friday, down 12.5% from Thursday to 76,200, the Border Guard agency wrote on Twitter.

Not all of those refugees are thought to be currently in Poland. Maciek Duszczyk, the vice-rector for research at Warsaw University estimates about one million refugees remain in Poland, and the rest have already left for other countries.

Meanwhile, Local authorities in Warsaw and Krakow said they have reached the limits of their ability to absorb the number of people without extra resources coming in.

On Friday, Warsaw’s mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski said 320,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine had passed through the city, and about 230,000 remained, that’s equivalent to 10% of Warsaw’s population.

The total number of refugees fleeing the violence has reached 2.5 million – all of whom, including third country nationals, need access to safety and protection, in line with the principle of non-refoulement, and without discrimination.