Poland is the biggest country in Central Europe. Its borders with Ukraine and Belarus are the European Union’s external borders.
In 2020, Poland received 2,803 asylum applications, which was a significant decrease compared to previous years. Most asylum-seekers were citizens of the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus. 392 people were given international protection – most of them being from Turkey, Belarus and Russia.
UNHCR’s main objectives in Poland are to monitor access to territory and reception conditions as well as advocate for an efficient and protection-sensitive asylum system and related policies. UNHCR also aims to improve durable solutions such as local integration opportunities and increase public awareness of refugees and asylum issues. UNHCR works closely with both governmental and non-governmental organisations in Poland to achieve these objectives.
For information about our work in Poland:
Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Poland? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.
Visit the UNHCR Poland website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.
For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.