25 January 2017

Summary: International Protection in 2016

A little over 12 thousand of foreigners submitted applications for international protection in Poland in 2016. The vast majority of cases – nearly 80% – have been discontinued. The conditions for granting one of the forms of protection in Poland were fulfilled by 390 people. In addition, 177 foreigners have received residence permit for humanitarian reasons.

Most applications for international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection) were submitted by Russian citizens (mainly Chechen nationals) – almost 9,000, that is 73 percent of the whole. Among the remaining dominant groups, the applicants were from Ukraine (11 percent), Tajikistan (7 percent), Armenia (3 percent) and Georgia (1 percent). Persons seeking protection came mostly to the eastern border of the country. The majority of applications (68%) were accepted by Terespol Border Guard.

In 2016, the conditions for granting one of the forms of protection in Poland (refugee status, subsidiary protection or tolerated stay) were fulfilled by 390 foreigners. The most numerous beneficiaries of the decisions granting protection were the citizens of Russia (129 people), Ukraine (97 people), Syria (43 people) and Iraq (18 people). In addition, 177 foreigners have received residence permit due to humanitarian reasons.

Last year, 9.5 thousand of proceedings for international protection (nearly 80%) were discontinued. Cases are redeemed when the foreigner was not interested in continuing the procedure in Poland and left the country (most often going to Western European countries). 93 percent of the total number of refusals were given to applicants from Russia (81 percent), Tajikistan (7 percent) and Ukraine (5 percent). The negative decisions received slightly over 2 thousand of foreigners.