FACTBOX-How does Europe help Ukrainian refugee children?

By Beatrice Tridimas March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Many European countries have acted quickly to support the more than 3.6 million refugees who have fled Ukraine https://news.trust.org/packages/ukraine-crisis au last month, about half of which are children.

The European Union (EU) has granted temporary protection to Ukrainian refugees https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/03/04/ukraine-council-introduces-temporary-protection -for- people fleeing war, meaning they can access jobs, education, healthcare and housing within the bloc. Here are some initiatives from European countries, which are struggling https://www.Reuters.com/world/europe/flow-ukrainian-refugees-testing-limits-central-europes-capacity-2022-03-20 to respond to the massive influx of refugees, to help children and their families restart their lives:

POLAND Poland has received the largest share https://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/ukraine of Ukrainian refugees, with over 2 million arrivals since 24 February. Its Ministry of Education said more than 100,000 https://news. trust.org/item/20220324114239-xinjq Ukrainian children have been enrolled in school.

The government facilitates the entry of Ukrainian teachers https://news.trust.org/item/20220324114239-xinjq into the education system and helps Ukrainians who speak Polish to work as teaching assistants. Authorities are increasing education funding and allowing larger classes to make room for additional students.

ROMANIA More than 560,000 people have crossed Ukraine’s southern border into Romania, but the Romanian National Council for Refugees (CNRR), a rights group, estimates that only 20% of new arrivals choose to stay. Ana Cojocaru, project coordinator at CNRR, said many Ukrainians are moving to other countries where they have friends or family.

Civil society groups are collecting and distributing essentials such as medicine, diapers and infant formula, Cojocaru said. In the capital, the mayor’s office has partnered with local charity Carusel and the University of Bucharest to set up a temporary shelter https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/romania /news/news/2022/3 /romania-civil-society-on-the-front-line-of-health-care-provision-to-refugees-from-ukraine where refugees can stay and receive medical care, including including examinations for pregnant women.

MOLDOVA Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries on the southwestern border of Ukraine, has hosted some 370,000 refugees. Most have moved on https://www.Reuters.com/world/europe/refugee-crisis-strains-moldovas-healthcare-system-minister-2022-03-22 to neighboring countries, which are EU members .

Moldova for Peace, a volunteer group, said on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moldova4peace/about/?ref=page_internal that it provides transport and shelter to refugees and distributes basic items, including food, hygiene kits and nappies. . The government has set up a website with information for Ukrainian refugees, including a register of schools and links to online learning platforms.

HUNGARY Hungary has accepted more than 330,000 refugees from Ukraine, despite a history of forcible deportation of migrants and asylum seekers across the border, which the European Court of Justice found in 2020 broke the laws of the EU.

Independent volunteer network Flaming Beacon said on Twitter https://twitter.com/slaven_vujic that they are helping Ukrainian refugees move near the Hungarian border town of Zahony, where they receive a hot meal and accommodation before moving on. to share out. SLOVAKIA

More than 260,000 Ukrainian refugees crossed into Slovakia. The Education Ministry said it had issued instructions in Ukrainian for refugee parents on how to enroll their children in school and advice for headteachers on applying for funding for language lessons and additional staff.

He set up a crisis response team in each region and asked counseling services to support schools. The ministry said it was also working with an education institute in Ukraine on a database of Ukrainian teachers who can teach refugee students for several hours a week online. CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic, which borders Poland and Slovakia, has recorded 300,000 refugee arrivals. The government has instituted a state of emergency https://www.Reuters.com/world/europe/flow-ukrainian-refugees-testing-limits-central-europes-capacity-2022-03-20 to deal with the influx, with officials trying to relocate new arrivals to towns outside the capital Prague to ease the pressure.

Ukrainians who register in the Czech Republic receive 5,000 Czech crowns ($223), free health insurance and access to education for children. Local charities are providing support, ranging from mother and baby dormitories to distributing items like strollers, said The Planet Calls, a nonprofit that supports mothers in Prague.

($1 = 22.3920 Czech crowns)

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Helen D. Jessen