Prague asks for EU help in the face of the influx of Ukrainians

The Czech Republic has asked the European Union for temporary centers to help it host 50,000 refugees from Ukraine due to pressure on its resources, Interior Minister Vit Rakosin announced on Saturday.

“The demand has up to 25 humanitarian centers, each of which can accommodate 2,000 refugees,” it was quoted by the ‘CTK’ news agency.

“The absorption capacity (of the Czech Republic) has almost reached its limit. We call on the European Union to allow the Czech Republic to essentially become a transit country for refugees while they are accepted in other other member states,” fire department spokeswoman Pavla Jakubkova said. A declaration.

More than 102,000 Ukrainian refugees have been registered in the Czech Republic since the Russian invasion on February 24, according to Yakubkova.

She added that the real number was “definitely 200,000”.

The country of 10.7 million people has a Ukrainian minority of around 200,000 people, most of whom work in construction, nursing or cleaning.

“We are trying to get more accommodation options, but we are slowly getting into a situation where we can only organize emergency shelters for refugees,” Yakubkova said.

“So people will be concentrated in gymnasiums, halls and other places like this and it won’t be comfortable for them,” she added.

Rakosin said the country will use the units it has ordered from the European Union as soon as those places also exceed their capacity.

Berta D. Wells