Bulgaria starts resettling Ukrainians who fled the war

Two weeks before the end of the Bulgarian government’s current program to subsidize hotel accommodation for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s war in their country, Bulgaria‘s operation to relocate them from hotels to state and municipal facilities will begin, according to a Bulgarian report dated June 16. May National Radio.

However, the government task force is still trying to fill a shortage of such accommodation and today intends to put online a platform to determine how many Ukrainians want accommodation in Bulgaria.

The resettlement of the Ukrainians is to be carried out primarily by train, it was said last week. The operation is expected to move several thousand people.

Bulgarian national radio said Deputy Prime Minister Kalina Konstantinova, who heads the task force, wrote to municipalities giving them a deadline of May 13 to indicate what shelters are available to them.

According to the letter, the government is looking for halls, even gymnasiums, and holiday shelters for possible accommodation of groups of more than 100 refugees. The requirements include that there should be at least four cubic meters per person.

BNR said many municipalities had said beforehand that they would not be able to accommodate many people.

The hotel accommodation program previously involved the state paying hotels 40 leva per person per day, while Mariana Tosheva, the head of the state agency for refugees, said in an interview with bTV on May 16 that there would be an offer after May 31 could give, category hotels, to pay them 15 leva per day per person to continue to take in Ukrainians or to take in new refugees.

Bulgarian media said that some hotels in the country’s Black Sea resorts are trying to make the most of the remaining time by posting offers to Ukrainians to stay between today and May 31 on social media.

Tosheva told bTV that 63,127 Ukrainians are currently staying in hotels participating in the 40 leva day scheme.

The digital platform, set to launch “by the end of the day,” would require them to register to see who’s headed where.

One possibility is government holiday facilities, and as of Thursday last week the number of places available there has increased slightly to 35,000 confirmed and verified places.

Data shows that in recent days more Ukrainians are leaving Bulgaria than arriving.

Tosheva said that as of May 14, a total of 2,441 Ukrainians entered Bulgaria and 2,792 left. She said this has been the trend for the past week.

There are options for three-month rental subsidies for those going to private accommodation and a backup plan to open dormitories and sports facilities, with necessary equipment brought to Bulgaria from Turkey, she said.

On May 16, Bulgarian National Radio announced that the employment agency had launched an information campaign entitled “Working in BG”.

It was primarily aimed at Ukrainian citizens, but was not limited to them, the report said.

Labor Office teams are based in 90 locations across the country to provide information and guidance to job seekers. The vacancies are mainly found in the Bulgarian tourism industry.

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