There are more than 40 million of us!

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Author: Ewelina Lach

3.4 million Ukrainians remain in Poland, according to the latest report by the Union of Polish Metropolises. Thus, the population of our country at the end of May was 41.64 million.

According to the latest report by the Pawel Adamowicz Centre for Analysis and Research of the Union of Polish Metropolises, Poland’s population, including Ukrainians, was 41.64 million in May this year. In April, it was even 42.11 million. At that time, we had the largest number of refugees - and almost 3.85 million Ukrainians were living in Poland. In contrast, before the outbreak of the war, the number was estimated at 1-4-1.5 million people. At the end of May, there were 3.37 million people and 1.43 million in the 12 largest Polish cities alone. Of the Ukrainians residing in our country, seven out of ten lived in the Union of Polish Metropolises (69 per cent).

The analysis - which follows on from the Union of Polish Metropolises report 'Urban hospitality: significant growth, challenges and opportunities' published at the end of April (opens in a new tab) - shows that Ukrainians accounted for 8 per cent of Poland's population in May this year.

The UMP Centre for Analysis and Research also focused on the population in the 12 largest Polish cities affiliated with the Union of Polish Metropolises and their metropolitan areas. The largest number of Ukrainians living in these metropolises to date was recorded in April this year. - 2.58 million. In the UMP cities, it was also the highest in April - 1.60 million.

The data developed in the report was collected by Selectivv thanks to the innovative Geotrapping® method, which, by aggregating information from mobile devices, made it possible to determine the number and location of Ukrainians and Ukrainian women (persons aged 15 and over) residing in Poland. This data was cross-referenced with information on PESEL numbers, which in turn made it possible to estimate the number of Ukrainian children living in Poland.

What draws attention in the Selectivv data series is the constant share of Ukrainians residing in the area of the largest 12 Polish metropolises - 69 per cent. Thus, the role of the largest cities as the top destination areas for Ukrainian refugees does not diminish as the months go by, says Agata Górny, PhD from the Centre for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw.

An updated estimate of the number of Ukrainians can be found on the Union of Polish Metropolises website.