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UNICEF closes Blue Dot centers for Ukrainians in Poland: details

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UNICEF closes Blue Dot centers for Ukrainians in Poland: details

UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will close all Blue Dot Hubs in Poland that have been providing assistance to Ukrainian refugees. Find out more about when the hubs will be closed for good

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The Blue Dot support centers for Ukrainian refugees, which have been operating in transit zones since the beginning of the war, are being closed in Poland. 


According to unicef.org, one in three Ukrainians who crossed the Ukrainian-Polish border received support at the Blue Dot.


UNICEF and the UN close Blue Dot centers for Ukrainian refugees in Poland


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UNHCR have announced the phased closure of Blue Dot centers in Poland, safe places where women and children were supported after the outbreak of war.


These support centers were opened in Poland in March 2022 in transit zones where refugees are most in need of assistance: at border crossings, train stations, benefit distribution points and accommodation centers. 


The work of the Blue Points will be completed by December 31, 2023.


During the period of operation of the Blue Points, nearly 950,000 services were provided to children and families fleeing the war. This included mental health and psychosocial support, use of space, child-friendly environment, referrals to child protection agencies, and information on healthcare, education, housing and transportation.


"Due to the changing needs of the refugee community and the protracted nature of the conflict, an important emphasis has been placed in recent months on moving towards a more sustainable approach through community centers working in collaboration with municipalities and local organizations to ensure that communities are empowered for the long term," UNICEF explains on its website.




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Where can Ukrainians find useful information?


Information for refugees in Poland can be found on the UNHCR website and on the UNICEF Together page. There are also numbers of hotlines that provide emergency assistance.

We remind you! Finding a job in the EU is one of the most relevant topics for Ukrainians. After all, the leaders in the number of refugees - Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic - are inferior to many other countries in terms of employment conditions. Read our previous article to find out which countries have the best living and working conditions for Ukrainians.

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