Santander Bank Polska has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide a tool to quickly and safely transfer cash to refugees arriving in Poland from Ukraine to support their integration in the country.
The UNHCR Cash Assistance programme, uses an innovative technology provided by Santander Bank Polska based on the BLIK cheque system – a unique nine-digit code that can be used to withdraw cash from ATMs without the need for a payment card, bank account or banking app on a smartphone. The service does not require the production of any plastic cards.
Refugees who register at a UNHCR reception centre receive a secure password followed by an SMS code that allows them to withdraw money from most ATMs in Poland, including those operated by Santander Bank Polska, PKO BP, Millenium, BNP Paribas, mBank, ING, SGB, Euronet and Planet Cash.
The initiative has already been launched at the first UNHCR reception centre in Warsaw following a test phase. More than 3,606 BLIK cheques have been issued since the first day of operation of UNHCR Cash Assistance, and two additional UNHCR reception centres will soon open in Kraków and another one in Warsaw.
For more information on UNHCR’s Cash Assistance project, including addresses of reception points and conditions to be met to receive funding, please visit the UNHCR website.