In Prague, the center for the reception of refugees from Ukraine will be closed due to overload
Since the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine, the center has served 98,000 people. Prague received four times more refugees than some other regions of the Czech Republic. The mayor admitted that the center will open if the situation with their distribution changes
The authorities of Prague will indefinitely close the Regional Assistance Center for Ukraine (KACPU), which received refugees from this country. This was announced by the mayor of the Czech capital Zdeněk Hřib, Ceske Noviny reports.
The decision was made due to overload. “If the situation with the distribution of refugees changes, we are ready to open KACPU. But we can't take people where we can't take care of them,” — he said and reminded that in March the center was already temporarily closed.
Hřib added that the center's information service staff will continue to work: they will explain to the refugees what to do and tell them what help can be obtained elsewhere.
KACPU is located in the Prague region Vysochany. Since February 24, when the Russian military operation began, the center has served almost 98,000 refugees from Ukraine and provided housing for almost 10,000 people. In Prague, two tent camps were also set up in the areas of Malesice and Troja.
Novinky.cz, citing data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, reports that there are almost 82 thousand Ukrainian refugees in Prague, and in total in the Czech Republic— more than 300 thousand. Hřib said that there are four times more refugees in the capital than in some other regions of the country.
The intention to close the center of power in Prague was announced in early June. Grzyb then criticized the Czech government for not creating a system for the redistribution of refugees.
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According to the UN, since the outbreak of hostilities, 14 million Ukrainians have left their homes, more than 7.3 million of them had to leave the country and seek asylum abroad. About 2 million people returned to their homeland, but as it turned out, many houses were seriously damaged, which is why they were again forced to leave. Due to military conflicts in Ukraine and other countries, the number of refugees for the first time in world history reached 100 million people.
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