The number of Ukrainian refugees staying in care centres operated by the municipality of Budapest is stagnating at about 300, the deputy mayor of the city said on Thursday.
A large number of refugees, however, are “invisible” as there is no public information about them, Ambrus Kiss told an informal round-table. Based on information by international organisations and social media platforms, there were about 43,000 Ukrainian refugees staying in Budapest in mid-August, he said.
School education has been ensured for every refugee children coming from Ukraine, Kiss said, adding that at the request of Kyiv, two camps operated by the municipality in Budapest will host several hundreds of children from the Ukrainian capital next month. Kiss said the city council had so far spent 87 million forints (EUR 213,000) on providing shelter to refugees and another 145 million on providing meals to them.
Fully 7,192 people crossed into Hungary directly from Ukraine on Thursday, while another 10,291 from Ukraine crossed from Romania, the national police headquarters (ORFK) said. Police issued temporary residence permits valid for thirty days to 414 people, ORFK told MTI on Friday.
Holders of such permits must contact a local immigration office near their place of residence within thirty days to apply for permanent documents, it added. Budapest received 229 people, 81 children among them, by train, ORFK said.
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