The arrival routes of refugees from Ukraine have changed, not from Poland through Lithuania, but from Russia and Belarus through Latvia or Estonia border points. These people are increasingly arriving in Latvia only temporarily.
Ukrainian refugee accommodation officers at the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) indicated that more and more Ukrainians are also seeking short-term assistance to stay in Latvia.
“The flow has changed. First of all, the influx of people is significantly smaller. The other – they have changed direction. More comes from Russia and Belarus, including through Estonia. The direction is back: either to Ukraine or to Poland, Germany. Consequently, we are currently getting, if it can be said so, more transit Ukrainian civilians,” said Deputy Chief of VUGD Intars Zitāns.
For those who plan to stay in Latvia for less than five days, 100 places are also available the “Mucenieki” asylum seeker center. The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs and municipalities are currently developing a tool to list separately the needs of transit travelers.