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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 .
UNITATEM Foundation provides:
New financial assistance from Diakonia Poland. Details here .
Sprosi24 is a useful application for mobile phones: all relevant information about staying in Poland for Ukrainians: questions and answers about legalization, residence cards, self-application, etc.
A migration center in Poland that also helps Ukrainians: psychological support, job consultations, support for pregnant women, you can leave your child in kindergarten for a couple of hours...
In Poland, asylum seekers from Ukraine can get advice on the IOM hotline
Ukrainians who have found temporary shelter in Poland can contact the hotline of the International Organization for Migration for advice.
Specialists of the call center will provide clarifications on residence, the right to work or run a business, access to medicine and education.
In addition, the hotline can be consulted on legal regulations, administrative procedures and preparation of the necessary documents.
Consultation can be obtained by phone: +48 22 490 20 44 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asylum seekers from Ukraine can also find up-to-date information on the website .
A new Caritas Poznań support center for displaced people has opened in Poznań.
As stated on the center's Facebook page , everyone is helped here, regardless of nationality and date of crossing the border.
You can get the following support:
Address of the center: Dąbrowskiego 28.
Mon, Wed, Fri - 8:00-16:00;
Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00-18:00.
Address of master classes and Polish language courses: Pamiątkowa 28.
Phone: +48 572 360 115.
Free legal assistance of UA Support for refugees from different countries.
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:
It should be noted that each program has its own application deadlines:
Parents of children attending daycare can receive monthly financial assistance in the amount of 400 zlotys. More information here .
From June 1, Ukrainians who are legally in Poland will be able to apply to the Social Insurance Office (ZUS) for the payment of child benefits, if they have not done so by May 31. Funds will be paid from August 31, 2023 to May 31, 2024. Source .
Mapuj Pomoc is an information portal for Ukrainian immigrants, where you can find:
In the "Map" tab, you will find various organizations in Poland that offer material and social support. In addition, here you will find places with accommodation, food, psychological or educational support.
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.
Ukrainian women in Poland with PESEL UKR status can receive Becikowe — a one-time Polish allowance of PLN 1,000 upon childbirth. However, certain criteria must be met:
The easiest way to get Becikowe is to fill out the online form on the Emp@tia portal. The application is considered within 1-2 months. You can also contact the administration at your place of residence in Poland or the social assistance center. Source .
Is it also possible to receive Ukrainian child benefit?
From April 2023, parents who had a child during their temporary stay abroad can remotely submit documents for the appointment of child birth assistance. Previously, women could receive such assistance only after returning to Ukraine, by personally applying to the social protection body.
To do this, it is necessary to send an application and documents certifying the birth of a child issued by the competent authorities of the host country and legalized in the established order to the social protection body of the registered (declared) place of residence (stay). Source .
How can I meet and socialize with other Ukrainians in a similar position?
Also, the "Our Choice" Foundation created the Ukrainian House - a place where you can hold various meetings and presentations.
UAinKrakow is information portal for Ukrainians in Krakow.
Here you will find:
You can join various Facebook groups where you can socialize with other Ukrainians:
You can join various Telegram groups:
Free admission to museums
Most museums in Warsaw have days when ukrainians don't need to buy entrance tickets.
"YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN ME" is a platform for thousands of Ukrainian children who fled to Poland and are forced to start a new life in another country. This website connects Ukrainians looking for support with Polish students who are ready to help. Fill out the questionnaire here .
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:
Where Ukrainians can get free legal aid in Poland?
1. Coordination Center of Legal Assistance . The center provides free legal assistance to persons forced to leave their countries and seek protection in Poland due to war and persecution.
2. Justice Fund under the Ministry of Justice of Poland . Provides urgent and free assistance to crime victims, witnesses and their relatives, including victims of armed aggression in Ukraine.
3. Assistance points for asylum seekers. Free legal, psychological and medical assistance is provided here. The search engine available at the link will allow you to choose the point closest to you.
4. Lawyers for Ukraine. The Facebook group unites citizens of Ukraine who need legal assistance and Polish lawyers who are ready to provide it free of charge.
5. Legal portal for asylum seekers from Ukraine . Here, Ukrainians can get information on the most common questions: border crossing, legalization of stay, legislative changes concerning Ukrainians and their stay in Poland.
How can Ukrainians apply for a Ukrainian pension abroad?
According to the Ministry of Reintegration, Ukrainians who were forced to go abroad due to the war can now send an application for the appointment or renewal of a pension by mail.
An application for the appointment (renewal) of a pension can be sent to any territorial body of the Pension Fund of Ukraine, regardless of the person's place of registration.