According to new data from Wrocław's statistical office, approximately one in every ten people living in Wrocław is Ukrainian.
The figure comes from a new report carried out for the Beautifying Society of Wrocław, which states that up to 64,000 Ukrainians are currently living in the city. This amounts to about 10% of Wrocław's total population (although the population fluctuates when the students come and go throughout the year).
According to data from the city's labour office, the majority of Ukrainians in Wrocław earn money as cleaners, security guards, secretaries, office workers or call center operators. Other relatively common professions are reportedly in the fields of construction, waste disposal, street cleaning and gardening. There are currently 500 Ukrainian children registered in public schools in Wrocław, while hundreds of Ukrainian students also attend lectures at Wrocław's numerous universities.
As a result of the new arrivals from the east, demand for travel between Poland and Ukraine is now high enough to support regular flights between Wrocław and two Ukrainian cities (Kiev and Lviv). Plenty of buses each day run between Wrocław and Lviv, while a night train is also available.
On top of that, public services and private companies are now adding Ukrainian language where possible in order to aid the arrivals. Once such company is Polskibus, which launched its Ukrainian website yesterday.
Krzysztof Karabon, a representative of the Beautifying Society of Wrocław, is quoted as saying the new Ukrainian arrivals are "a great opportunity for the development of Wroclaw." He also added that the city authorities "should pursue action to increase and maintain [the Ukrainian immigration], for example by promoting Ukrainian culture in Wrocław and continuing activities against nationalism."
Last month extreme right wing group the ONR organised a protest against Ukrainian immigration, however only a handful of people turned up. A counter protest, which also drew a rather small crowd, took place on the same day.