About 26,000 Ukrainian citizens have arrived in Slovakia since February 24 due to the Russian military attack on Ukraine.
These numbers were confirmed by a statement published by the Slovak Interior Ministry, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 6 a.m. to Sunday, February 27, 2022 until 6 a.m., 25,935 people entered the territory of the Slovak Republic from Ukraine. The statement published by the ministry revealed that most of the people crossed the border crossings at Vyshnye Nemeki (13645) and Opli (10,715). ).
In addition, the same source shows that a total of 44 people have applied for international protection in Slovakia, out of number 1 Russian citizen and 43 citizens of Ukraine, including children.
Soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, its neighboring European Union countries, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Hungary, offered their support and opened their doors to a large number of Ukrainian citizens.
In addition, the European Union Asylum Agency (EUAA) confirmed that it will also help to receive the interests of people in international protection coming from Ukraine.
On February 24, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger (OĽaNO), said that “Slovakia is ready to help every Ukrainian who requests such assistance.”
In addition, due to the current situation, the Prime Minister also confirmed that he will send a total of 1,500 soldiers in order to secure the eastern border and help Ukrainian citizens. He promised that the state would keep its borders open, and called on its citizens to accept refugees from Ukraine.
Finance Minister Igor Matovich also confirmed that Slovakia will support the Ukrainians with financial aid in order to help absorb the large number of Ukrainians who are leaving their country due to the Russian invasion of their lands.
According to him, Slovak families, as well as institutions, will receive 200 euros ($225) per month for an adult and 100 euros per month for a child they host. The minister stressed that the coalition government agreed in principle to the plan, while the government should issue a decree in this regard today, February 28.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, despite their strict immigration rules and attempts not to take in more refugees into their countries, have opened their doors to the citizens of Ukraine.
“We will accept anyone who needs it. Ukrainian society becomes more fearful and tense. We are ready to accept tens and hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki noted.
In this regard, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson stressed that EU countries are already hosting 300,000 Ukrainian refugees. This number is expected to reach millions in the coming weeks.
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