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DRC established presence in Poland in early 2022 as part of its Ukraine crisis response. Based out of Warsaw, DRC is continuously developing its programmes to respond to acute needs and have launched emergency response activities at key locations across the country. These are primarily at border crossing points and in major refugee hosting cities where DRC and partners provide humanitarian assistance and support to Ukrainian refugees and the communities hosting them.

Current situation

The Russian Federation-led military offensive in Ukraine that began on 24 February 2022 has caused the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis since World War II. Millions of people are displaced within Ukraine and abroad with Ukrainians hosted across Europe.

Poland is the primary country of asylum in Western Europe for Ukrainians seeking refuge. They either remain in Poland, depart onwards to other European countries, or return and commute to Ukraine.  

Core sectors Poland

Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management

Displacement trends

Source: | UNHCR

02 Oct 2023

Beaten by police, bitten by dogs, and robbed of all rights: New Report Reveals Alarming Pushbacks and Violations at Europe's borders

20 Sep 2023

Poland: “We were 20,000 people in my home area. Now, it’s a ghost town in Ukraine!” 

19 Sep 2023

Poland: Nurturing leadership talent among migrants and refugees

25 Aug 2023

Poland: Protecting Ukrainian lives through Risk Education

04 Aug 2023

Poland: How offices in Warsaw are turned into shelter for vulnerable refugees from Ukraine

28 Jun 2023

Poland: New community centre for Ukrainian refugees in Krakow

DocumentsAll Documents

PRAB reports

28 Sep 2023

Operational Profile

20 Sep 2023

PRAB policy notes

30 May 2023

Infographics: DRC Ukraine Crisis Response and a Summary of Achievements in Europe 2022-23

16 Mar 2023

Ukraine - One year of war: Report on DRC's crisis response

10 Mar 2023

Dashboards | Ukraine crisis response

01 Sep 2022

Why we are there

Refugees in Poland are primarily Ukrainian women and children as well as elderly and other vulnerable groups.

They face a range of issues, from having needs related to mental health and psychosocial support, child protection, exploitation, legal aid related to understanding rights and obligations, land tenure, lost documents, curbing tensions with host communities, and premature returns to name but just a few. 

Tenure security and risk of homelessness along with social cohesion are concerns, especially if displacement becomes protracted. 

The massive exodus out of Ukraine has caused a series of legal needs that will likely increase with time, evolving around civil documentation – such as birth and death certificates, ID cards, pensions, child custody etc. - as well as Housing, Land and Property, and Education rights, which will influence return prospects. 

What we do

As part of its response to the displacement and humanitarian needs in the region caused by the war in Ukraine, DRC supports displaced populations and the communities hosting them in Poland. This is done through partnership with national civil society and non-governmental organisations, duty bearers and other actors involved in the response.  

DRC has forged partnerships with 15 local organisations and three municipalities for the implementation of emergency cash assistance, and to improve access to information, legal aid, and temporary shelter.

DRC supports partners in providing protection services to conflict-affected persons - this includes in particular legal aid and counselling, mental health and psychosocial support for adults and children, provision of critical information, running of child-friendly spaces, and referrals to relevant actors and institutions.

DRC is also working to enhance protection monitoring focusing on identifying and documenting risks affecting people seeking protection in Poland irrespective of the border they crossed.

To create awareness of the widespread contamination of land by unexploded ordnance, DRC offers Explosive Ordnance Risk Education sessions, one of the components in its Humanitarian, Disarmament & Peacebuilding sector.

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