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Polish PM speaks about thousands of refugees from Ukraine

Poland does not want to shelter refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki explained the country's refusal to accept refugees from North Africa and the Middle East by the fact that Poland accepts refugees from Ukraine.

"We consistently adhere to the position that [the ruling party], Law and Justice formulated before the 2015 election: we are not going shelter to refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, because it is our sovereign decision," Morawiecki said in an interview with TVP.

He said Poland is helping the EU in a different way.

"On the eastern border of the EU, we have significantly help to reduce stress, because Poland has let in at least a few dozen, maybe few thousand refugees from Ukraine," said Morawiecki.

In the meantime, Ukrainian Embassy in Poland said that 88 Ukrainians have received refugee status in Poland and 239 Ukrainian citizens were granted the status of a person in need of additional protection in 2016-2017.