The Interior Ministry has been preparing for the potential second wave of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine already for several months, in cooperation with partners from other ministries, local government and NGOs, the ministry's press department has informed TASR, adding that the preparation intensified after the contingency plan was approved. In addition to the continuous provision of material and technical equipment for units providing aid, an emergency facility has been prepared for refugees, where their basic needs will be satisfied in the first days after they cross the state border. Emergency accommodation was also confirmed or selected in cooperation with district offices and local authorities.
However, an increase in the number of people arriving from Ukraine hasn't been recorded for now. "Tent camps in Michalovce (Kosice region) and Humenne (Presov region) are currently in a subdued mode. Refugees are primarily placed in longer-term accommodation facilities, or, if necessary, the refugee camp of the Interior Ministry's Migration Office in Humenne is available," added the ministry.
In stage one of the contingency plan, the Michalovce transition centre will be in operation along with emergency accommodation facilities in the vicinity, such as gyms, dormitories and a tent or container town for 1,500 people. The transition centre in Humenne will be added in stage two. "The contingency plan was prepared for the most risky scenario, which counted on the arrival of 700,000 refugees during two or three months. However, the situation in Ukraine is dynamically changing, so it is currently not possible to predict the exact number of people who'll cross our state border," stated the ministry.