Hungary Set Up New Transit Zone for Refugees from Ukraine - Photos

  • 21 Mar 2022 11:33 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Hungary Set Up New Transit Zone for Refugees from Ukraine - Photos
Nearly a month after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the government will set up a transit zone for refugees in Budapest on March 21, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Friday.

According to the statement, the government is preparing to deal with a larger wave of refugees, so it was decided to open a large waiting area near Keleti train station.

Telex adds that support and assistance for refugees in Budapest, such as help, transport, food and accommodation, has been mainly provided by civil society, while government activities have so far concentrated on the Ukrainian border area.

The waiting zone will be heated, with interpretation services, facilities for mothers and children, medical care, internet access, phone charging, an international train ticket office and shuttles to the airport and other train stations.

Immigration services will also be available, as well as donations of food and drink, toiletries and diapers.

Budapest officials told Telex that the city is deeply concerned about the reception of refugees from Monday, without volunteers, and how the new model will be able to meet the needs of the situation.

As refugees continue to flow into Budapest on a daily basis, Budapest police report that 1,770 people, including 548 children fleeing war in Ukraine arrived in Budapest by train on Saturday.

As is usual, most travelled onwards, to points further west.

Hungary Ensures Schooling for Ukraine Children

The Hungarian government offers schooling to minors fleeing from Ukraine to Hungary, the human resources ministry said.

Tens of thousands of children have arrived in Hungary since the war broke out in Ukraine, and families applying for asylum in the country can send their children to local kindergartens and schools.

To help children learn Hungarian and integrate, schools will offer extra classes in the afternoons, while schools will receive an extra 130,000 forints (EUR 350) per child a month.

Secondary school students will have an opportunity to take their final exams in Hungary, the ministry added.

MTI Photo: Zoltán Balogh 

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