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Polish Authorities Offer Free Tickets to Refugees From Ukraine Travelling on to Germany

Ukrainian citizens who fled the war after the Russian invasion are now eligible to travel to Germany without having to pay for tickets after Polish state railways PKP announced it was offering free tickets to Ukrainians traveling to Germany.

The company has confirmed that Ukrainians are now eligible to travel free of charge in second class on the nine daily trains connecting Poland’s cities of Warsaw, Przymysl and Gdynia to the German capital Berlin as well as Frankfurt, TheSchengen.com reports.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, European countries have opened their doors to a large number of refugees fleeing the war, especially its neighboring countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova and Romania.

The authorities in Poland announced that since February 24, a total of 1.8 million people have arrived in Poland from Ukraine; While many of them moved to other countries, a significant number of them remained in Poland, according to the Polish border guards report.

Figures provided by the United Nations (UN) reveal that more than 2.8 million Ukrainians have fled the country to this point.

Figures provided by the BBC show that the following countries receive the largest number of refugees from Ukraine:

Poland 1,720,227 Hungary 255,291 Slovakia 204,862 Moldova 106,994 Romania 84,671 Russia 131,365 Belarus 1,226

In addition, the same source states that more than 304,000 people have arrived in other European countries.

In this regard, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Severnaker confirmed that a large number of refugees are campaigning at train stations in Poland, hoping to travel to other EU countries.

“We are working with our partners in the European Union to facilitate this,” Szefernaker noted in this regard.

A recent report by Poland’s Institute of Market and Social Research (IBRiS) shows that more than 90 percent of Poles believe that Ukrainian refugees fleeing war should be accepted into Poland.

According to the European Commission’s website on integration, about 58 percent of respondents said that refugees from Poland should be welcomed into their country, while 35 percent said that only those who are most at risk should be accepted into a country.

As for Germany, the authorities in this country have said that they will resettle a total of 2,500 Ukrainians who are currently in Moldova.

The Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this decision during a meeting of the Minister with his German partner Annalina Baribac in the Moldovan capital Chisinau.

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