The government proposes to tighten the rules for temporary protection of refugees from Ukraine – ČT24 – Czech Television
“Newly, applicants for temporary protection will have to prove that they have accommodation provided if they do not want to find housing through regional assistance centers. The amendment also includes reducing the refugee’s entitlement to health insurance, up to 180 days, “said the Austrian.
According to the government’s proposal, refugees who have food and hygiene in the accommodation should not receive a humanitarian benefit. “Humanitarian benefit will not be paid in cases where refugees are provided with accommodation, where they are provided with free food and other facilities. In principle, what we said applies: If the state provides food, no benefit is paid, “said the Austrian.
Refugees are now entitled to five thousand crowns to provide basic needs for the beginning of life in the Czech Republic. They will receive the benefit for the month you receive the visa for protection. They can receive it if necessary, but also repeatedly, for another five. But they should show that they need support. According to critics and some opposition politicians, some people go to the Czech Republic only for benefits. The Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) or the Minister of Labor Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) have previously said that the planned measures are intended to protect “batch tourism”.
“It will be tied (support) to permanent accommodation in the Czech Republic, so that someone is not motivated to come and leave the benefit and for another to come in a month,” said the Austrian.
Briefing after the government meeting on May 18
Prague will not close the center in Vysočany yet
The Prague City Hall will not close the Ukrainian Refugee Assistance Center (KACPU) in Vysočany at least until the end of May. At the same time, volunteer assistance at the main station will end at the end of the month. After the meeting of the municipal crisis staff, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) said. The mayor said last week that if the government does not prepare a system for redistributing refugees to other regions, Prague will have to close the assistance center.
“We thank the government for starting to solve the problem of the capital. We clearly see the measures that were presented to the governors as a signal from the government that it wants to resolve the situation. We understand that it will not happen overnight, so the conclusion of the crisis staff meeting is that we will not close the assistance center until the end of the negotiations, which must take place, but no later than May 31, “said Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates).
Press conference after the meeting of the crisis staff in Prague
After the deadline, the city will evaluate the situation and decide on further action. Until then, he wants the government to have a timetable for resolving the situation. Hřib will negotiate with other governors within the discussion of the Association of Regions about the method of transferring refugees from Prague to other regions. According to Hřiba, the personal involvement of Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) is necessary to solve the problems.
The director of the Prague fire brigade, Luděk Prudil, said that KACPU was checked in by 664 people on Monday and 450 people on Tuesday. “Gradually we are coming to a reduction in the number, but we are gradually getting to the number 0 refugees checked in since the beginning of the war,” he said.
Volunteer assistance at Central Station will end
Volunteer assistance at the main station will end at the end of May. According to the mayor, it has developed into a form that was not originally intended. It was only supposed to be an information kiosk. Based on a meeting with non-profit organizations, fire brigade or police, the assistance will be terminated at the main station. “We want it to take place in a controlled way and there is no confusion,” said Hrib.
Several refugees reside at the main station, most of whom are unclear and are entitled to temporary protection. Some of them have Hungarian citizenship. “When the volunteer assistance to the refugees at the main station ends, it will be necessary to set up a post where they will receive information immediately,” said the Austrian.
According to Hřiba, it is necessary for the solution to solve the situation that the aid works on two levels. The first is for refugees to start accommodating refugees in other facilities through a tent town and to become just a “waiting room”. The state must take care of follow-up accommodation. The second step is to provide people who have dual citizenship and are not entitled to housing in the Czech Republic so that they can go to their homeland. “Because we are not able to provide me with support,” Hřib added.
Help for Russians and Belarusians
The Ministry of the Interior has so far issued 345,200 visas for protection to refugees. two-fifths of them had children. Women make up 73 percent of adults. With a visa for protection, people can get a job freely without barriers, they do not need a permit. According to the Austrian, there are now about 200,000 refugees in the Czech Republic, some of whom are returning home. More than 50,000 refugees have found work in the Czech Republic. Their acceptance by the employment office was reported by employers.
The government on Thursday migrated in a wave of emergency due to the end of June. Until then, he wants to enforce a special law. The explanatory memorandum to the amendment states that if the bill is approved at the time of the end of the state of emergency, the adopted legal regulation will be weighted to the relevant crisis measures. If the new situation continues after the day the law enters into force, the government will repeal the corresponding crisis measures due to redundancy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also prepared a program to help Russian and Belarusian citizens. “They will be the most important representatives of civil society, such as independent journalists, academics. It is in our interest that they can continue to work against these regimes. We will create the right conditions for them in Prague, “said Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský (Pirates).
The Civil Society program aims to help people who actively oppose the regimes of Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. The government will work with NGOs to provide basic affairs. “The program has a certain limit, it will be a very carefully selected group of people,” Lipavský added. I didn’t want to say for security reasons.