Around 7,000 refugees registered in Austria since Sunday

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So far, about 7,000 people who fled Ukraine because of the Russian attack have sought protection in Austria. They registered here this week, giving them a right of residence and access to the labor market.

According to the Interior Ministry, about 150,000 refugees have already landed in Austria, but most of them travel on to other countries, often to relatives and friends.

Shortly, refugees will also be transported from Moldova to Austria using an “air bridge.” It is being prepared in cooperation between the Interior and Foreign Ministries and UNHCR and Austrian Airlines, reported the “Kurier”. It has not yet been officially confirmed, but the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman, Ruth Schöffl, told Ö1’s midday journal of planned special reception programs for particularly vulnerable displaced persons.

Austria has signaled that it could fly in 2,000 Ukrainians who have fled, Schöffl said. He said it was a matter of directly taking in people who could not easily continue their journey by lands, such as the elderly, the disabled, and people with medical needs or mothers with very young children. The UNHCR spokeswoman hoped that Austria had reacted remarkably quickly and that many other countries would follow its example.

Preparing the health system

With the ongoing movement of refugees since the start of the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine, the focus in Austria has shifted to medical care for war-displaced people, in addition to initial aid and accommodation, and the authorities are taking precautions.

“It is now essential to prepare the health systems for the treatment of Ukrainian patients, including psychological care,” the health ministry said.

In the case of infectious diseases, special attention must be paid to “the high prevalence of HIV and tuberculosis, as well as hepatitis C and polio,” it said. “On the one hand, it is necessary to ensure the treatment of the affected persons, and on the other hand, reception centers and hospitals and health personnel must be made aware of these challenges. It said that relevant information and recommendations have already been sent to the relevant agencies,” it said. “All necessary precautions are also being taken about the spread of Covid-19,” it stressed.

UNHCR records over 3.1 million refugees

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the total number of refugees from Ukraine rose to more than 3.1 million. The UNHCR said today that nearly 107,000 refugees were added within one day. “In the majority, women, children and the elderly left their homes and often relatives behind, unaware of what they were facing,” UNHCR said. The UNHCR also estimates that more than two million people in Ukraine have had to abandon their homes and are still in the country.

Some 270,000 refugees arrived in the Czech Republic

Meanwhile, some 270,000 refugees arrived in the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Petr Fiala said so today and called for helping them “to the greatest extent possible.” At the same time, he acknowledged difficulties. “We have to admit that we are at the limit of what we can absorb without major problems,” the 57-year-old told news channel CT24.

According to current figures from the Czech Interior Ministry, nearly 180,000 Ukrainians have already received official residence permits. The biggest rush is in Prague, followed by the surrounding Central Bohemia region. The Czech Republic has about 10.7 million inhabitants.

source: ORF.at/agencies/picture: pixabay.com

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