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Poland Will Spend 1% of GDP to Aid Ukraine Refugees, Study Shows

Refugees from Ukraine at the Humanitarian Aid Center set up at the Global Expo exhibition hall in Warsaw, Poland. 

Refugees from Ukraine at the Humanitarian Aid Center set up at the Global Expo exhibition hall in Warsaw, Poland. 

Photographer: Alik Keplicz/AFP/Getty Images

This year’s spending by private citizens and authorities in Poland to support Ukrainian refugees will exceed 25 billion zloty ($5.3 billion), or almost 1% of the country’s economic output, a state-affiliated think tank estimated.

Poles spent as much as 10 billion zloty on aid in the first three months since the war began, survey results released by Polish Economic Institute on Wednesday showed. The government and local authorities have earmarked around 15.9 billion zloty on social benefits, health care and education for refugees in 2022, according to PIE.