Czech capital stops accepting refugees from Ukraine, closes support centre
On June 15, Prague City Hall closed the reception centre for refugees from Ukraine in the Vysočany district. They say that the capital is congested and there is no system to move refugees to other regions
This was reported by Romea.cz.
The centre will remain closed for an unknown time until the Czech government introduces a system to settle refugees in different areas. This decision was announced by Mayor Zdenek Hrib.
Prague confirms that it is dealing with a large influx of refugees, which the mayor says is four times higher than the influx in other regions. The centre for the reception of displaced Ukrainians in Vysočany currently serves more than 90,000 refugees.
The newspaper reports that due to the large number of mostly Roma refugees from Ukraine, "tent camps" for refugees have been set up in the Malesice and Troy neighbourhoods. The mayor criticised the government for not creating a system to redistribute the refugees. According to the mayor, the government told the city the reasons why such a system is impossible, instead of developing concrete steps.
"As soon as the offer appears, the Crisis Group will gather and discuss it," the mayor said.
The city says it will inform refugees travelling by train that the centre is closed and that they should travel to regions other than Prague.