More than 10,000 refugees from Ukraine have been processed in Prague since the beginning of the Russian invasion
The assistance center operates in building D of the regional office daily from 1 March, including weekends from 07:00 to 19:00. Since opening Tuesday, almost 1,400 Ukrainian refugees have been checked in there. They can handle all the necessary administration and sleep here.
Today, the construction of a new regional assistance center for refugees from Ukraine begins at the Černá louka exhibition center in Ostrava. The current center, which operates in Ostrava at Červeného kříže Street 4, does not have enough capacity. The center in Černá louka is to be opened to refugees on Tuesday. Jakub Kozák, a spokesman for the Moravian-Silesian fire brigade, told ČTK today.
A new refugee center is being set up on the site of the covid vaccination center on Friday, the largest in the region. “The vaccination center was being demolished, now we were there to clarify with all the components of the final layout what it will look like. The biggest anthill will start on Monday morning, when the construction itself will begin. According to him, the plan is that the construction of the center, including the relocation of the current one, will be completed by midnight on Monday, so that the center can start operating on Tuesday morning.
The director of the Office of the Regional Association of the Czech Red Cross Ostrava, Alžběta Hrabovská, said that the capacity of the new center was approximately 100 people per day, which was increased on Saturday. “We have to take as many people as possible, but the comfort and speed of check-in at the fairgrounds will certainly be greater,” said Hrabovská.
According to her, approximately 600 to 800 people have passed through the center since Tuesday, when it started operating. The centers operate in regional cities across the country. By registering there, people who fled Ukraine before the war unleashed by Russia prove their identities and are then granted refugee status. The people who come to the Ostrava center to register today were already there in the previous days, when the capacity of the center was already filled, so the staff ordered them for the next days.
“We set up a people reservation system. We knew we had a capacity of about 100 a day, so we had arranged for the weekend and Monday sometime from Wednesday. We’re full until we move to the fairgrounds. We only found out if they had accommodation to really everyone was taken care of, “said the director.
People are not ordered on time. “It was impossible to do it in the exact time, but he knows that they should arrive that morning or afternoon,” Hrabovská said. In the center, refugees will receive the necessary information, they have the opportunity to relax, there is a children’s corner and refreshments, there is a translator and infirmary. Services of the center using mainly women and children.
Kozak said that firefighters are still helping to transport Ukrainians across the region according to the requirements of the assistance center. “On Friday and Saturday, my colleagues from the Rescue Service of the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic took over 283 people,” Kozák said.
Rescue service spokeswoman Jana Urbancová said that the service will today take part in the transport of refugees from the Slovak-Ukrainian border. The firefighters set out at 13:00 in the direction of the Vyšná Nemecká border crossing, and they should return to the Czech Republic today. “Apart from three buses and six members of the Embassy of the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, six buses from a number of civilian carriers also take part in the transport of Ukrainian citizens,” said Urbancová.
The Regional Refugee Assistance Center in Olomouc will start moving in the evening to increase its capacity in Ukraine. On Tuesday, it started operating in the regional office building near the train station, and from next week it will offer its services to refugees in the Haná barracks, which offer larger premises. On Monday afternoon, the barracks will be the first day of the material collection for the people of Ukraine, he said Governor Josef Suchánek (Pirates and STAN)
“On Monday night, we are moving our assistance center to help war-torn Ukrainians to the Haná barracks. This will increase the space capacity of the center,” said the governor. He thanked all the staff and volunteers who are involved in the running of the current and the preparation of the new center.
According to him, today at 19:00 the center staff will check in the last applicants at the regional office. “We move at night, and from Monday at seven o’clock in the morning we will start the non-stop center at the new address,” said Suchánek.
According to him, the first day of the material collection for the war-suffering Ukrainians will also be produced in the Haná barracks from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday. “You can bring durable food, sleeping bags or medical supplies,” the governor urged the applicant.
The Regional Assistance Center for Ukraine began operating in the regional office building on Tuesday morning, providing assistance to hundreds of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. It is open 24 hours a day, where refugees can get their first registration, visa, insurance, accommodation and other humanitarian aid. The center’s services are used mainly by women and children.
Around 600 Ukrainian war refugees have registered in Pilsen in the last 24 hours. In addition to the Regional Assistance Center for Assistance to Ukraine (KACPU), where about 350 people applied for residence and health insurance, other people registered for the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior (OAMP) in Jagelonská Street. Pirates). Even today, a long line of refugees stood in front of the regional center in the former Prior department store to process documents. They help volunteers in front of the center. They distribute donated warm blankets, tea, coffee, greased breads and other snacks. Police and firefighters are also on site. The people of Pilsen bring blankets and sweets for waiting children here.
According to the governor, there are 14 workplaces in KACPU, which is established and coordinated by the region. The refugees will check in for their stay and health insurance, the check-in capacity is about 30 people per hour. “The stations run at night from 9 pm to midnight, all of them work during the day. As of Monday, the asylum and migration policy department should also have extended operating hours, so we should have more coverage at night and it should Thanks to the fact that there were already a lot of working Ukrainians in the Pilsen Region before the war, the OAMP had a strengthened workplace. the office should work overnight, the governor said.
KACPU also provides accommodation for refugees, up to ten percent of people have been interested in it so far. According to Špoták, the vast majority of them come to acquaintances or relatives. This was the case of the young mother Nasti, who was waiting in front of the center today to process the documents. She is a pram with only a few months old baby. “We are fleeing from the town of Chmelnický, we walked a short distance, then they drove us. We have been in Pilsen since March 2, we went to see acquaintances,” she told ČTK.
A special train run by Czech Railways also had a final station in Pilsen today. The sixth humanitarian evacuation train of the Czech Railways carried 684 refugees, mostly women, children and seniors. He stopped in Ostrava, Olomouc and Pardubice, passing Prague. But only twenty refugees came to the KACPU from the train for help. “When they learned that the train would not be built in Prague, many of them got off in Pardubice, about 93 of them continued to Pilsen, but most of them, after arriving in Germany or leaving elsewhere,” said Špoták.
The region is preparing another for refugees who are waiting in line outside, including measures around the freezing point. “We want to cover at least part of the front, we will set up a large tent here,” the governor said. Some people waiting outside are afraid to go to the tent to warm up to the volunteers, or to go for food and hot drinks so that they do not lose their position in the queue, they told ČTK. According to the governor, the region has also established cooperation with Plzeňský Prazdroj, which will set up a large tent with a dining room in front of the center, where it will cook and distribute its food to waiting refugees.