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New Powers for Border Guard
January 7, 2009   
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Under new amendments to the Aliens Act, the Border Guard Act, and several other laws, beginning Jan. 1 Polish Border Guard officers have the right to check if foreigners working and doing business in Poland are doing so legally. If administrative proceedings are instituted against a foreigner, Border Guard officers will be able to gather selected information about them and their family members.

The Border Guard will have to escort all foreigners deported from Poland to the country's borders. Previously the Border Guard only escorted those foreigners who were leaving Poland by air and sea. Those leaving by land were escorted by police officers. All detention centers for foreigners awaiting deportation are now supervised by the Boarder Guard. There are 13 such centers with around 400 foreigners detained in them.

Border Guard units will be able to check if foreigners are staying and working in Poland legally. Officers in these units will undergo special training.

The new powers of the Border Guard are designed to make sure that foreigners are employed in Poland legally. The new regulations relieve the State Labor Inspectorate of some of its responsibilities, and aim to protect Poland's labor market from illegal aliens who do not pay taxes. At the same time, foreigners are now better protected from legal violations on the part of employers.
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