Eklons said he was cautious about the future, as the number of refugees could increase due to the coming winter.
“At the moment, all flows of Ukrainian refugees are decreasing in line with the trends of the war, and this has decreased for the third week in a row, both the total number of Ukrainian refugees accommodated and the number of Ukrainian refugees entering, and at its turn an increase in the number of people leaving, ”said the minister.
According to the minister, given calls by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy not to return to Ukraine for the time being, Ukrainians are mostly moving away to more prosperous countries with better social security, such as Germany, and to countries with active Ukrainian communities.
At the same time, the Minister acknowledged that he was cautious about the future, given the approach of winter and events in Ukraine. “We had the winter [weather] during one week. During this time, the Ukrainians certainly did not feel it so much. We could feel the effects of winter in about a month,” Eklons said, adding that the influx of “winter” refugees would begin soon.
“The big question is whether they will stay in Latvia, where it is exactly the same or even harsher winter.”
The Interior Ministry is preparing a plan to accommodate Ukrainian war refugees next year. According to her, the estimated number of refugees to be admitted is 40,000, the same number as foreseen in the current plan. Currently, 35,264 Ukrainians are registered in Latvia.
Implementing the new plan requires 204 million euros in next year’s budget, Eklons said, while assuming that much money is unlikely to be needed unless Ukraine’s military deteriorates. considerably.
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