(Guvernul Republicii Moldova) The measures taken by the national authorities to manage the refugee crisis and the actions planned for next year in order to support the Ukrainian citizens who are on the territory of the Republic of Moldova due to the war were discussed at the meeting of Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița with the representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the Republic of Moldova, Francesca Bonelli.
The Prime Minister appreciated UNHCR’s support, which increased the Government’s response capacity and contributed to the development of effective mechanisms through which both Ukrainian refugees and their host families and communities can benefit from aid. The Prime Minister praised the unity and hospitality of the people of the Republic of Moldova, which mobilized to provide the Ukrainians with the necessary support.
“The solidarity shown by our people has changed the image of the Republic of Moldova throughout the world. At the same time, external partners, taking into account our limited resources, helped us to face the challenges and support the families who hosted Ukrainian citizens. It is admirable that we have all organized ourselves in such a way as to manage this crisis in a professional way”, said Natalia Gavrilița.
For her part, Francesca Bonelli thanked the government team for the work done and the openness to solving the problems related to the large flow of refugees: “The effort made by the Government during this period is incredible. Thanks to the involvement of the state institutions, but also of the citizens who reacted promptly and with a lot of empathy, Moldova has become a global example in the management of this crisis”.
The parties exchanged views on the cooperation framework for the next period. According to the prime minister, among the priorities are the expansion of temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine and the inclusion of refugee children in the school environment. In this sense, a series of Romanian language courses will be organized for children and adults, as well as support actions for educational institutions that also cover the refugee component.
Currently, over 7,800,000 people have left the territory of Ukraine, of which about 726,000 have transited to the Republic of Moldova. Currently, there are about 88,000 Ukrainian citizens on the territory of our country.
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