site.btaUkrainian Refugees to Temporarily Live in Buffer Centres - Deputy Prime Minister
The Government is shutting down the integration plan to have Ukrainian refugees resettled inside this country, the Deputy Prime Minister for Good Governance Kalina Konstantinova said on Monday. Refugees, who are accommodated at first line hotels on the Black Sea coast and who have no place to stay in after Tuesday, will be sheltered in temporary centres in Sarafovo borough, on the Black Sea, and in the town of Elhovo, Southeastern Bulgaria.
Since the beginning of the Russian aggression, nearly 300,000 Ukrainians have entered this country and more than 110,000 have registered for temporary protection.
According to the minister, Bulgaria can no longer offer accommodation at first line hotels on the Black Sea. “In the very beginning, the measure was stated to be temporary and aimed to provide time for the refugees to regain their composure and get back on their feet.”
Konstantinova said that Ukrainians with temporary protection have offered no reliable and timely information to the Bulgarian institutions for two days in a row, which is why the Government is shutting down the integration plan. As a result, all Ukrainian refugees currently accommodated by hotels on the Black Sea coast and who have no other place to stay will be temporarily sheltered in buffer centres in Sarafovo and Elhovo.
“How the situation develops from here on out depends on the Ukrainian community in Bulgaria,” Konstantinova said and called upon refugees who have already found shelter to declare that. “This is the only way we can take care of the people who really need it.”
Ukrainian refugees are reported to have sabotaged on Sunday the government's efforts to relocate them from seaside hotels to state-owned holiday facilities in the mountain resorts ahead of the May 31 deadline.
The Bulgarian government established the new humanitarian programme for accommodating displaced people from Ukraine in a bid to help hotels that took in refugees, to go back to their usual business in the summer. The programme provides BGN 15 per day per person to hotels far from the coast as well as to municipal or state-owned accommodation facilities willing to provide shelter and food to the displaced people. Dozens of hotels signed up, as well as holiday facilities of various organizations.