Interior Ministry drafts potential Ukrainian refugee accommodation plan

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If necessary, Latvia could spend up to €34.7 million to accommodate potential Ukrainian refugees, as provided for in the plan developed by the Interior Ministry, LETA reported on February 17.

The plan has now been sent to the 13 ministries for coordination.

The Ministry explained that the security threat posed by Russia to Ukraine may result in Ukrainian people arriving in Latvia en masse. It is estimated that around 10,000 people from Ukraine could come to Latvia if there were a military conflict.

The action plan sets out measures in two sections: the first section refers to the reception of persons arriving en masse from Ukraine, the second section to accommodation. The aim of the plan is to identify the measures and resources to be implemented by national authorities, local governments, and economic operators, ensuring coordinated and immediate action.

As regards the reception of Ukrainians, the plan shall include the identification of reception centers for persons and, where necessary, their provision with inventory, the establishment of a system for the recording of persons, the introduction of a free informative daily telephone, the provision of border checks, the conduct of a survey on the health status of persons, the information of persons on legitimate accommodation, accommodation facilities, and possible support.

In the case of accommodation, the plan shall include the identification of accommodation - hotels, guesthouses - and the identification of their capacity, the necessary arrangements, as well as the provision of transport for the transfer of persons to accommodation. The plan also provides for the provision of persons with first-necessity goods, emergency medical assistance, primary, secondary and outpatient healthcare.

Where necessary, the plan provides for the implementation of security measures, public policy and security measures, the provision of social services to refugees, and the placement of children in educational establishments.

If necessary, it would also be encouraged to decide on benefits for households in which persons from Ukraine live, as well as on the duration of those benefits, which would be three months. A specific amount of the potential benefit is not mentioned in the plan.

The draft decision provides that the source of additional necessary funding for the implementation of the plan is the State contingency budget. In indicative terms, the additional funding needed to implement the plan of measures would not exceed EUR 34,797,781.

Ministries involved in the implementation of the plan of measures should submit to the Cabinet a draft order regarding the allocation of financial resources in accordance with the amount of expenditure actually needed. On the other hand, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development would request the necessary resources for local government institutions to implement the plan.

The plan will have to be approved by the government and then by the Saeima.


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