Almost 0.5 mln foreigners with residence permits in Poland

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The number of foreigners with residence permits in Poland has risen to 483,000, Notesfrompoland.com reports.

That is an increase of 26,000 (more than 5%) since figures released in January and of 57,000 (over 13%) since the start of 2020. In the first four months of this year, the number of applications for residence permits was 28% higher than in the same period of 2020.

The data confirm that Poland's recent unprecedented wave of immigration – among the largest in the European Union – has continued amid the pandemic. Ukrainians make up by far the largest national group among those with residence permits (265,300), followed by Belarusians (31,500) and Germans (20,000), according to the data released by Poland's Office for Foreigners (UdSC).

In total around 80,000 citizens of other EU member states have residence permits. The figures do not include those in the country with temporary permissions or long-term visas, nor those who have not formalized their stay.

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