More than 20,000 Ukrainian refugees entered Hungary on Saturday alone

The Hungarian National Police Headquarters (ORFK) announced that on Saturday August 27, about 7,445 people entered Hungary directly from Ukraine, while another 14,566 Ukrainians crossed from Romania.

Through a press release published on Monday August 29, the police also pointed out that they had issued temporary residence permits for a period of thirty days to 304 people, reports.

Meanwhile, Budapest received 104 people, including 24 children, by train.

As the police explain, within thirty days, holders of these permits must contact a local immigration office near their residence to request permanent documents.

The Hungarian authorities also revealed that last week, a total of 7,622 refugees entered Hungary directly from Ukraine, and another 13,086 crossed from Romania. On the same date, according to the ORFK, 378 people were issued temporary 30-day residence permits.

Previously, on July 5, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced the creation of a new border protection body within the police to ensure border security.

In this regard, in a statement released by the Hungarian government, it was reported that the Prime Minister had urged Interior Minister Sándor Pinter to establish the new body within the next two months due to concerns over the increased migratory pressure.

Commenting on this decision, Orbán said that this body would work within the police, but on the other hand, it would not be composed of police or military and would deal exclusively with border protection.

The Hungarian government also revealed in July that given the intense fighting in Ukraine, the number of migrants to Hungary’s eastern borders had been steadily increasing, with more than 10,000 refugees arriving daily, bringing the number to around 820,000 at that time.

According to data provided by the UN Refugee Agency, since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Hungary has taken in 1,242,352 Ukrainian refugees.

This data also shows that other neighboring countries that have also shown their support for Ukraine by accepting significant numbers of refugees are:

  • Romania with 1,044,292 refugees
  • Slovakia with 713,588
  • Poland with 5,625,142
  • The Republic of Moldova, with 585,614

The same source also revealed that since the start of the war in Ukraine, a total of 8.1 million Ukrainian refugees crossed the border to EU countries.

In addition, from February 24 to July 23, around 6.6 million people were displaced inside Ukraine. According to the data, between the invasion of Russia on February 24 and August 15, 2022, about 10.9 million people left Ukraine.

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