SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE REFUGEES

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Refugees from the Ukraine keep arriving in Slovakia, where the government is maintaining an open and welcoming policy, but they face uncertainty about their future. UNHCR

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STORY: SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 27 FEBRUARY 2022, VYSNÉ NEMECKE, SLOVAKIA

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27 FEBRUARY 2022, VYSNÉ NEMECKE, SLOVAKIA

1.Med shot, Slovakian authorities welcoming refugees at the border
3.Close up, female holding baby
3.Med shot, female holding baby
4.Close up, female holding baby
5. SOUNDBITE (English) interviewer:
"Where are you going?"
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia, refugee From Ukraine:
"Not sure now. We are just hoping. because it can be very short or long, no one knows. But we are just hoping."
7.Various shots, families outside tents
8.Various shots, refugees receiving assistance, clothes, food, shelter.


STORYLINE:

Refugees from the Ukraine keep arriving in Slovakia, where the government is maintaining an open and welcoming policy, but they face uncertainty about their future.

Since 24 February, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has regularly visited four out of five main border crossing points.

In one of those visits, Julia, a refugee From Ukraine, told the agency she still doesn't know where she's going.

"We are just hoping. because it can be very short or long, no one knows. But we are just hoping," she said.

Local municipalities are creating temporary shelter. Financial and material support is also being provided by local communities, who are supporting refugees with food and hygiene items, offers of free transport, and accommodation.

Even though the number of refugees in Slovakia are lower than other countries, the government has rapidly changed asylum laws to help fast-track asylum procedures.

As of Wednesday morning, New York time, 874,026 refugees had fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.

Most have fled to Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, while others have moved towards various other European countries. A sizeable number has also moved to the Russian Federation.

At this rate, the situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century, and UNHCR is mobilizing resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible.

The agency urges governments to continue to maintain access to territory for all those fleeing: Ukrainians, and third country nationals living in Ukraine, who are now forced to escape the violence. It also stresses that there must be no discrimination against any person or group.

UNHCR has a long-standing presence in the region and is coordinating the refugee response with other UN agencies and NGO partners, in support of national authorities.
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