World Bulletin / News Desk
The number of Ukrainians trying to move to neighbouring Poland has more than doubled this year, authorities said on Tuesday, as Ukraine released data showing how badly fighting in its east was battering its economy.
Ukrainian citizens filed 9,579 applications for temporary residence in Poland from Jan. 1 to March 23, already more than twice the 4,753 registered in the first four months of 2014, the state office for foreigners said.
Both sides in the conflict, in which more than 6,000 people have died since last April, have accused each another of violating a ceasefire agreed in February.
Ukrainian finance minister Natalia Yaresko said on Tuesday the country's economy was likely to contract 7-10 pct in the first quarter of 2015 due to the financial toll of the conflict.
Ukrainians already make up a quarter of all foreigners resident in Poland. The Polish office for foreigners said 42,000 were currently legally registered.
Poland's Mazowieckie region, which includes the capital Warsaw, said on Tuesday it received 3,114 residence applications in February 2015 -- 180 percent higher than the corresponding month in 2013 and 62 percent higher than 2014.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2015, 13:30