Poland’s High Commissioner for the European Union pledges to personally accommodate refugees – POLITICO

Poland’s European Union Commissioner said he was ready to receive Ukrainian refugees in his home, adding that he estimated the total number of refugees from the conflict in his homeland at may be more than 2 million people.

Janusz Wojciechowski, EU commissioner for agriculture, told POLITICO that he had offered to host a family of post-war refugees at his home in Warsaw but they had found another place to stay.

“I am ready to do this,” he told POLITICO. By Tuesday, more than 280,000 Ukrainians had crossed the border into neighboring Poland, according to the UN Refugee Agency. About half of those fleeing the Russian invasion are heading to Poland. Wojciechowski said: “There are more people asking for help than there are refugees.

“Now we have about half a million [refugees from Ukraine]maybe it will be more than a million, maybe more than 2 million, but the people in Poland are very open and well organized.”

The Commissioner spoke after participating in a emergency meeting among the EU’s 27 national agriculture ministers to discuss the impact Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – often dubbed “Europe’s loaf” – could have on food supplies in blocks and more. Ministers have agreed to send food and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, although details will need to be discussed with foreign ministers.

Wojciechowski believes that first of all, Russia’s aggression must stop. “Under the violence, it’s hard to provide aid.”

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