State looking for additional housing for refugees | Ukraine Latest

There are more than 6,500 Ukrainian refugees living in temporary accommodation as of Thursday and long-term housing is proving to be a challenge.

Welfare Minister Signe Riisalo (Reform) said the state currently does not have enough housing. Some refugees also refuse housing offered by the government in favor of private rental.

Next week, a page on the real estate site Kinnisvara24 will be launched specifically to help refugees find accommodation.

The Social Insurance Board is also preparing a tender for short and long-term accommodation which is expected to be announced next week.

Hanna Vseviov, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs, told ERR: “It does not matter whether these accommodation spaces are offered on land or at sea, so ships are not excluded if they meet our desired conditions. But a ship is definitely short-term accommodation.”

Housing should be of good quality and it should be kept in mind that not all refugees will be able to support themselves immediately, she said.

Minister Riisalo said state-owned assets are already being upgraded so that they can be put to good use. “There is an urgent need for just over a million euros for the first adjustments,” she said.

It is not yet clear how much money will be allocated for refugee accommodation in the supplementary budget due to be announced on Thursday.

“I don’t want to speculate, because these figures will be clarified. If I say a figure here, it may not be the same next week, but these are quite large sums,” the administration minister said. public Jaak Aab (Center). .

Refugees in accommodation found by the government

Ukrainian war refugees arriving in Tallinn in March 2022. Source: Ken Murk/ERR

As of March 30, APP data shows that 6,522 Ukrainian war refugees needed help finding accommodation in Estonia. Among them, 2,479 are children.

The majority of people seek help in the northern region, followed by the western region.

The number of people housed in each region is shown below.

North Region (Harju County) – 4,189 people, including 1,533 children

South region (County of Võru, Põlva, Tartu, Jõgeva, Valga and Viljandi) – 891 people, including 351 children

Eastern region (County of Ida-Viru and Lääne-Viru) – 362 people, including 152 children

western region (counties of Pärnu, Saare, Hiiu, Lääne, Järva and Rapla) – 1,080 people, including 443 children

The majority of arrivals are staying with friends or family. So far, 25,720 refugees have come to Estonia with the intention of staying there.

This compares with over 36,000 registered in Lithuania, over 6,300 in Latvia and over 16,000 in Finland.

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