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Poland approves legislation to allow Ukrainians to live and work in country

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Earlier we heard from our correspondent Dan Johnson about how Kraków, a city in the south of Poland, is seeing large numbers of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Now Poland has announced that its parliament has approved emergency legislation that allows Ukrainians fleeing the war the right to live and work in the country for 18 months.

The refugees will receive a social security number and have the right to access free healthcare and education, as well as social benefits.

Once registered, they will be allowed to extend their legal status for up to three years.

More than 1.5m people have fled Ukraine for Poland since the start of the war, mostly women and children, though not all of them are thought to have stayed in the country.

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.

The bill also entitles Poles who host Ukrainian refugees in their homes Zloty 40 ($9.12/8.36 euros) a day per person in assistance to help pay for the additional costs for a period of up to two months.

The bill will now go to President Andrzej Duda to be signed into law.

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