Former schools in Lithuania prepare to house Ukrainian refugees
Ten former schools in Lithuania are preparing places for refugees from Ukraine to live. They expect to be able to welcome up to 5,000 Ukrainians
This is reported by the publication lrt.lt.
According to Deputy Minister of social protection and labor Martin Shurkaus, places for refugees are provided in ten buildings that can accommodate about 5 thousand people. Another 1000 places are available in vocational school dormitories and municipal housing stock.
"We are trying to use various means of support. We have received beds, mattresses and bed linen from the European Commission. But for municipalities, all utility costs associated with accommodation will be covered. These funds will be allocated by the ministry," Shurkaus said.
Representatives of municipalities say that it is not easy to find empty, habitable houses.
Furniture, bed linen, and other necessities that refugees may need are purchased jointly by the refugee reception point. They are also given by people.
It is predicted that more refugees may arrive in Lithuania with the onset of winter, but representatives of the migration department say that there is no influx. Up to a hundred people arrive from Ukraine per day. In the first weeks of the war, more than 1,800 Ukrainians arrived in Lithuania per day.