Almost 296,000 Ukrainian refugees now have special visas

The Czech Republic has now granted special visas to almost 296,000 refugees from Ukraine. A smaller number of visas than usual – almost 800 – were handed out on Monday, which was a state holiday. The minister of the interior, Vít Rakušan, said last week that around 300,000 Ukrainian’s seeking refuge from Russia’s war on their country had arrived in the Czech Republic. The majority are women and children.

The Ukrainians receive temporary protection visas that allow them to stay for one year. They also get access to health insurance, education and the labour market and are entitled to further assistance, such as with accommodation.

Author: Ian Willoughby