Events at the Polish-Belarusian border, where a group of refugees tried to enter Poland illegally, are a test of the efficiency of our state. The Warsaw Enterprise Institute believes that the reaction of the Polish government, which is trying to prevent illegal border crossings, is correct. However, this occasion also reveals the need to review the work of the Polish Border Guard and, if necessary, to strengthen its resources – so that responses to similar crises in the future do not resemble improvisation. At the same time, we would like to point out that the issue of border security should be separated from the issue of immigration policy. Poland should finally develop a clear framework so that the influx of immigrants – especially from Ukraine – alleviates the problems of the Polish labor market and demography. Immigrants who wish to work and live in Poland should be able to do so.
Poland, of all European countries, is considered the most ardent ally of Ukraine with the strongest support for the Ukrainian struggle, and yet, even in