Around 25,000 Ukrainian refugees currently in Latvia

There are around 25,000 people in Latvia who have left Ukraine due to the Russian invasion, Interior Minister Maria Golubeva said in a briefing on Tuesday, April 26

She said that only about 9,000 needed state-provided accommodation, others stayed with relatives and friends, or used other facilities.

About half of the Ukrainian citizens registered in the State Employment Agency have already found a job. Golubeva said that many war refugees are taking advantage of the crisis benefit.

For the time being Latvia is able to meet the needs of refugees, but if the flow of refugees increases, people are also to be housed in schools and other institutions.

On Tuesday, the government was expected to discuss a plan worth nearly €100 million to accommodate 40,000 Ukrainian war refugees, but it was postponed. Golubeva said she hoped to bring financial resources into line with the Ministry of Finance this week.

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