The Pulse of Europe in Poland: with all the heart and strength for Ukrainian refugees

May 24, 2022

Journalists from 12 leading Serbian media outlets took part in a five-day media trip to Poland,  to report on the management of the refugee crisis after more than three million Ukrainians entered the country fleeing Russian aggression. More than 40 media reports were published during and after the visits to Warsaw and eastern Poland (cities of Lublin, Chelm, Dorohusk).

The trip was organised by the project Pulse of Europe – Media trips to EU in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and the Polish Embassy in Belgrade, from 8 to 12 May 2022. Eighteen journalists from news agencies Fonet, Beta and Tanjug, daily newspapers Politika, Danas and Blic, magazines Nedeljnik, NIN and Vreme, as well as electronic media - public service RTS, N1 and Euronews Serbia televisions participated in the media trip, together with a representative of the EU Delegation in Serbia and the team of the Pulse of Europe project. In Warsaw, the journalists visited the reception center and reception points in the city, talked with representatives of the authorities and the NGOs, humanitarian organisations, while in Lublin, in eastern Poland, they discussed the admission of Ukrainian students to the Polish school system. The visit also included the Dorohusk border crossing, which saw almost half a million people entering Poland since February 24, when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. According to the UNHCR, the Ukrainian refugee crisis is the largest and fastest evolving humanitarian crisis in the world since the World War II.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told reporters that Poland has so far set aside six billion euros to help Ukrainian refugees, and the solidarity of citizens and the entire country was visible at every step in Polish cities. One of the topics in Warsaw was also the diversification of the energy system, which Poland successfully completed, and in which, according to government officials, the support of the European Union was very important. Reports from Poland were published in the daily press (Politika, Danas, Blic),  weeklies (Vreme, NIN, Nedeljnik), web portals (Euractiv Serbia)... A selection of electronic media reports is available on the YouTube channel of the Pulse of Europe project YouTube channel (RTS, Euronews Serbia).