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What other forms of social support/welfare should I know about? (Buddy systems, etc.) Who is eligible? How does someone apply?
Ukrainian citizens who are students at Polish universities have a right to apply for a social scholarship and for a student loan. You can also take advantage of free legal aid and free psychological assistance. Also, in many cities and villages, creative activities and workshops for children and youth from Ukraine are organized, so ask about it at the nearest Urząd Gminy, Urząd Miasta, school or community center.
The condition for receiving ZUS benefits by a Ukrainian citizen is having a PESEL number . This number may be necessary to obtain many other benefits as well as to set up a business.
Ukrainian immigrants in Poland can receive new financial assistance — 710 zlotys for the head of the household and 610 zlotys for each member of the household. The funds are disbursed within the Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) project of Diakonia Poland and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe to support displaced people affected by the war.
As stated on the project page, applications can be submitted by:
Approximately 2,500 households can apply for cash assistance, priority will be given to the most vulnerable families.
To apply, you need:
More detailed information about financial assistance can be found on the project page .
Are there any social benefits I can claim such as child support?
Yes. You can receive 500 PLN monthly for every child you have below 18 by submitting an application to ZUS.
Family care capital (RKO) can be obtained for a child between the ages of 12 and 35 months. The capital is provided for the second and each subsequent child in the family, if the child lives with one of the parents and remains dependent on him. One of the child's parents decides whether he wants to receive an allowance of PLN 500 for 24 months or PLN 1,000 for 12 months. The total amount of capital is up to 12 thousand zlotys per child.
You can also receive additional 300 PLN for a school starter kit for each child up to the age of 20, if they are attending school. The application can be submitted to a bank or directly to the Social Insurance Institution . This benefit is paid every year to parents of school-age children, which is to help prepare the child for school, that is, to buy textbooks and other necessary items.
As a citizen of Ukraine, you can also claim other social benefits:
You can find out more about the conditions for receiving and the amount of family benefits at the link .
Ukrainians can quickly apply for financial payments through the mZUS application
mZUS is a mobile application from the Social Insurance Office (ZUS). This application is intended for parents and guardians of children who may benefit from family assistance programs. In particular, mZUS is available to Ukrainian immigrants.
From March 2 , through the mZUS application, Ukrainians can receive payments under the following programs:
In the mZUS application you will be able to:
You can download the application through Google Play and IOS .
It should be noted that each program has its own application deadlines:
Financial assistance from the Polish Red Cross for Ukrainians in Poland
Ukrainians in Poznań and Bydgoszcz can receive financial assistance from the Polish Red Cross.
The amount of assistance is 1,420 zlotys per person and another 1,220 zlotys for each additional person in the family (up to five people in the family). Assistance is provided once a month for two months.
Cash assistance is available to people:
To get help, you need to download the AccessRC mobile app, create an account and apply for financial assistance.
You can read more about registration for financial assistance on the IFRC website .
Parents of children attending daycare can receive monthly financial assistance in the amount of 400 zlotys. More information here .
The Polish Center for International Assistance (PCPM Foundation) provides financial assistance to Ukrainians in Poland.
For this purpose, two assistance programs were created for Ukrainians who came to Poland:
The first aid program is intended for families and individuals from Ukraine who arrived in Poland no earlier than February 15, 2023, and meet all three of the following criteria:
As part of this program, you can receive assistance for 3 months for each family member (up to 4 people): PLN 710 for one person and PLN 610 for each other family member.
The second program applies to Ukrainians who came to Poland after February 24, 2022 and meet all three of the following criteria:
Such Ukrainians can receive a monthly allowance of 1,000 zlotys for 6 months per family member.
You can apply for assistance by filling out a special questionnaire.
Are there any social benefits for pregnant and nursing women?
You can receive 500 PLN monthly for child by submitting an application to ZUS. You can also receive childbirth allowance (becikowe) in the amount of PLN 1,000 (for that submit an application at the Urząd Miasta or Urząd Gminy). After the birth of a child, you can apply for parental benefit in the amount of PLN 1,000 every month. The application must be submitted within 3 months of the child's birth at ZUS.
How can I meet and socialize with other Ukrainians in a similar position?
You can join various Facebook groups where you can socialize with other Ukrainians:
Are there specific social supports available to me if I am elderly?
You are entitled to a nursing allowance in the amount of PLN 135 if you are older age (over 75) to partially cover the expenses related to your care. Older people may also benefit from partial or full reimbursement of drugs. Also, if you have a guardian/carer (who is a family member), they may additionally apply for allowances and care benefits, i.e. nursing allowance (zasiłek pielęgnacyjny)- it amounts to PLN 215.84 per month, nursing benefit (świadczenie pielęgnacyjne) - PLN 2,119 per month, special care allowance (specjalny zasiłek opiekuńczy) - it amounts to PLN 620 per month. More information on social support is here .
Are there specific social supports available to me if I have a disability?
You are entitled to a nursing allowance in the amount of PLN 135 if you are unable to live independently due to disability to partially cover the expenses related to your care. If you have an assistant/carer (who is a family member), they may additionally apply for allowances and care benefits, i.e. nursing allowance (zasiłek pielęgnacyjny)- it amounts to PLN 215.84 per month, nursing benefit (świadczenie pielęgnacyjne) - PLN 2,119 per month, special care allowance (specjalny zasiłek opiekuńczy) - it amounts to PLN 620 per month. More information on social support is here .
Foreigners are entitled to special care allowance payments (Specjalny zasiłek opiekuńczy). For this, they must live in Poland and fall under one of the following categories:
To qualify for benefits, the combined income of the family of the caregiver and the family of the person requiring care per person must not exceed PLN 764 net income.
To receive payments, the following documents must be submitted to the city/rural administration or social security administration at the place of residence:
Ukrainian migrants with disabilities who arrived in Poland after February 24 this year will be able to receive financial assistance from the PCPM International Assistance Center.
Individuals must also meet the following criteria:
Guardians and parents of a child with a disability can also register if they live in Poland. Guardianship must be documented.
After the application is approved, you will receive PLN 710 per person. The amount will be credited to the recipient's bank account. The duration of the program is six months. Payments will be made monthly during this period.
More information here .
How can I help others? What volunteering organisations could I join?
There are many volunteering organisations and groups on Facebook where you can help: