April 19, 2022
It’s almost been 2 months now since the war in Ukraine broke out. Since then, Hungary has issued temporary residence permits for 97,139 refugees. The opening of the BOK Sports Hall humanitarian transit point Hungary has made it possible to assist 20,979 refugees so far with meals, medical care, sanitation and travel arrangements. Donations continue to pour into bordering towns in Hungary and Subcarpathia to help relief efforts.
March 24, 2022
According to Hungarian officials, Hungary has accepted around 641,775 refugees from Ukraine since the start of the war in late February. Government Spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi said Hungary is sending another shipment of humanitarian aid to Ukraine soon, this time sending medicine and medical supplies. Hungary has already transported 200 ventilators, 250 patient monitors, 25 central monitors, 100 infusion pumps and blood bags to Ukraine and continue to readily offer humanitarian aid.
The opening of the humanitarian transit point in the BOK Sports Hall, a conference and concert venue next to Ferenc Puskás Stadium, is in response to the expected influx of refugees in the coming days. The cooperation of many NGOs and volunteers has significantly impacted the smooth operations both at humanitarian aid centers and at border crossings.
March 23, 2022
With no end in sight just yet, the refugee crisis continues as more people enter Subcarpathia and Hungary. New information on the refugee camp being set up in the Subcarpathian region reveals it is a tent camp in which all structures are equipped with air conditioning, a bedroom, a water block, and electric lighting. The camp can already receive about 200 refugees, and hopes to have total capacity for 1,500 once the tent camp is finished.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made a statement following his visit to a new humanitarian transit point at the BOK Sports Hall in Budapest (BOK Sportcsarnok) on March 22nd, “We have just opened this reception and distribution center. People have been coming here from Subcarpathia, but now most of them are coming from the interior of Ukraine – mostly from the cities under military attack and bombardment. For them to flee is a shocking experience, a traumatic experience; and after fleeing war the first good news in their lives comes here…”
March 17, 2022
The war in Ukraine is now in its fourth week, and the number of people seeking refuge in Hungary has increased to 429,000.
Meanwhile, Subcarpathia is also receiving many refugees from eastern Ukraine of about 1000 – 1500 people daily. Viktor Mikita, chairman of the county military administration said the Eurocar car factory on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border in Csap is setting up a temporary refugee camp at its site with UN support.
March 8, 2022
Refugees from Ukraine continue to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Hungary has now accepted a total number of 214,160 people.
“What was a safe environment yesterday, is no longer one today” a Subcarpathian woman told mandiner.hu about the reality of war for both Hungarians and Ukrainians making their way over the border.
March 4, 2022
The current number of refugees in Hungary fleeing from Ukraine has increased to 144,738 people. The Hungarian Bar Association has Hungarian lawyers assisting the refugees with free legal advice and donations for everyone crossing the Hungarian-Ukrainian border.
Please consider donating to the Hungarian American Coalition fundraiser to help Ukrainians and Hungarians (the 150,000-strong minority community living in western Ukraine) with emergency assistance, as well as those who have sought refuge in Hungary. You can donate HERE. (NOTE: If you do not have a Facebook, you can make your donation directly indicating ‘Aid to Hungarian and Ukrainian refugees’ HERE.)
March 2, 2022
According to Hungarian police statistics, since February 24, 2022 around 125,910 Ukrainian refugees have entered through Hungary’s border. On Monday, there were 4,002 refugees, among them 308 children, who arrived by train to Budapest.
Source: police.hu, unhcr.org, telex.hu, mandiner. hu