The Czech Republic can no longer offer accommodation to Ukrainian refugees as the state’s capacities are now exhausted.
To remedy the situation, the Czech Republic has applied for 25 modular humanitarian bases that could accommodate up to 50,000 people via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Those bases will be used once other emergency capacities run out.
“The state’s capacities are exhausted,” Pavla Jakoubková, a spokeswoman of the Czech firefighters’ general directorate, said.
The Czech Republic has no direct border with Ukraine but due to its large Ukrainian minority and geographical and cultural proximity to the invaded country, it has become a destination for tens of thousands of refugees.
The country’s authorities have so far been providing Ukrainian refugees with accommodation in hotels, dormitories or state buildings suitable for hosting people. Hundreds of Ukrainians are also housed in Czech households who offered help.
“We are slowly getting to a state where we can only provide emergency shelter for refugees, i.e. to ensure emergency survival in emergency conditions. People will have to be concentrated in gyms, halls and so on, and their accommodation will not be comfortable,” Jakoubková added.
After these emergency shelters run out, the country plans to use humanitarian bases requested from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The Czech Republic currently hosts around 200,000 refugees from Ukraine.
“We are trying to help people from Ukraine as much as possible, but the absorption capacity of the Czech Republic is almost full, we can no longer be a target country,” the Czech firefighters’ spokesperson added.