Hungary continues to accept thousands of Ukrainian refugees daily, authorities say

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The Hungarian government revealed that on Saturday May 14, 5,852 Ukrainian refugees entered Hungary directly from Ukraine, while another 6,605 Ukrainian refugees crossed from Romania.

In a statement issued on May 16, the government also said that for 353 people, the police had issued temporary residence permits valid for 30 days. In addition to applying for permanent documents, holders of these permits must contact a local immigration office near their place of residence within 30 days, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

According to the government, the Budapest police received 132 refugees by train, including 74 children.

Meanwhile, the Budapest municipal government office said staff at the BOK Sports and Events Center serving as a humanitarian transit point assisted 446 refugees on Saturday, 67 of whom stayed overnight. read the statement.

In addition, the BOK Sports and Conference Center offers food and beverages, medical services, toiletries, internet access and assistance with travel arrangements in conjunction with charity groups and volunteers. Hungarian National Railways operates a ticket office on site, while they are available to take people to main train stations and the airport.

Moreover, according to the United Nations, since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24, more than 12 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine. Meanwhile, just over six million people have fled to neighboring countries, and a further 6.5 million are believed to have been displaced within the war-torn country itself.

UNHCR data also shows that since the start of the war, Hungary has taken in around 610,076 Ukrainian refugees up to May 16.

Other countries neighboring Ukraine that have accepted significant numbers of Ukrainian refugees are:

  • Poland with (3,376,992)
  • Romania with (919,574)
  • Russian Federation with (850,534)
  • The Republic of Moldova with (464,294)
  • Slovakia with (424,027)

Like some other countries of the European Union, the Hungarian government has also decided to open its embassy in the Ukrainian capital from Lviv, seeing the security situation improving in kyiv.

In a statement issued on May 3, the government explained that the necessary security measures had already been taken and therefore the embassy could now maintain close contact with Ukrainian government bodies and provide assistance to Hungarian citizens or other EU citizens in need, from Kyiv.

Like Hungary, countries like Italy, Spain, Czech Republic and Denmark have also decided to move their embassies to Kyiv.

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