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The impact and implications of President Biden’s trip to Poland, the heart of the Ukrainian refugee crisis

With President Biden traveling to Poland to meet with world leaders, troops, and Ukrainian refugees, we continue our coverage of global developments of the war in Ukraine.

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People queue to register for a transport to different countries in a refugee center in Nadarzyn, near Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, March 25, 2022. U.S. President Joe Biden heads to Poland on Friday for the final leg of his four-day trip as he tries to maintain unity among allies and support Ukraine’s defence.


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Earlier today, President Biden landed in Rzeszów, a small city in Poland near the Ukraine border.

This town is the first stop for many people trying to flee the war, and has become the epicenter of the refugee crisis.

According to NPR, it's where more than 2 million Ukrainians have fled since the war began.

While in Poland, the President will get a briefing on the humanitarian crisis and meet with refugees.

Today, we unpack these latest developments – from yesterday's NATO press conference to humanitarian aid being offered to the White House's recent announcement that the US will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

As we all struggle to better understand this ongoing crisis, we welcome Houstonians’ questions and concerns.


Michael Pelletier

  • Executive Director of the University of Houston's Institute for Global Engagement
  • Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros

Zachary Zwald

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston
  • Director of the University of Houston Center for International and Comparative Studies

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