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European Journal

Poland: 3000 Kilometers to the EU

More and more Chechens are fleeing to Poland, but the country is ill-equipped to handle all the asylum-seekers.

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Poland can accommodate about 2,000 people in its refugee centers, but estimates say there are more than 10,000 Chechens in the country. About that same number have continued onwards to other EU countries. Some of these refugees say Poland never processed them as asylum seekers -- even though, under EU regulations, the first EU country of entry is required to do so.