Hungary has taken in about 787,000 Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war
The Hungarian government announced that since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, a total of 728,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Hungary so far.
In the meantime, 23,000 asylum applications have been submitted and another 14,000 have been approved. At the same time, 120,000 people applied for temporary residence permits.
On Tuesday 24 May alone, approximately 5,312 people entered Hungary directly from Ukraine, while another 3,975 Ukrainian refugees crossed from Romania.
In a May 26 statement, the Hungarian government said police had issued temporary residence permits valid for 30 days to 272 people. Holders of these permits who wish to apply for permanent documents must apply to a local immigration office near their place of residence within 30 days, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“Budapest police received 289 refugees, including 96 children, who arrived by train,” read the statement.
On Wednesday May 25, the national police headquarters revealed that 5,528 people entered Hungary directly from Ukraine, and another 4,482 from Ukraine crossed from Romania. The police also issued temporary residence permits valid for 30 days to 148 people.
To apply for permanent documents, holders of these permits must contact a local immigration office near their residence within 30 days. In addition, the Budapest police received 194 refugees, including 89 children, who arrived by train on the same date.
According to the government, the BOK Sports and Conference Center provides food and drink, medical services, toiletries, internet access and assistance with travel arrangements in cooperation with charities and volunteers for all Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country.
Hungarian Railways also operates an on-site ticket office as well as being available to take people to major train stations and the airport.
Moreover, at the beginning of May, Hungary announced that it had decided to move its embassy to the Ukrainian capital, Lviv.
Other countries that have also decided to move their embassies to Kyiv are Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic and Denmark.
Additionally, United Nations figures show that more than 14 million people have fled their homes since Russia invaded Ukraine. More than six million people have fled to neighboring countries, while eight million people have been displaced within the war-torn country itself.
Neighboring countries that have hosted significant numbers of refugees from Ukraine are:
- Poland with (3,581,612)
- Romania with (989,357)
- Russian Federation with (971,417)
- The Republic of Moldova with (477,637)
- Slovakia with (454,961)