Hungary can expect to receive up to 900,000 refugees from Ukraine, the prime minister’s chief domestic security advisor said on Wednesday, citing projections.
György Bakondi told public news channel M1 that more than 432,000 refugees had arrived in Hungary by noon on Wednesday.
Whereas in the first phase of the military operations people were fleeing Ukraine before the war reached them, they are now fleeing directly from the war to safe neighbouring countries, he said.
This new situation requires different kinds of efforts from the Hungarian authorities, civil groups and local councils, Bakondi said. This means there will be an even greater need for the various organizations to coordinate their efforts, he added.
Hungary must continue supporting Transcarpathia Hungarians because their region has seen a big influx of people from eastern Ukraine who have lost everything, he said.
Orbán: Hungary to prepare for greater influx of refugees
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has moved to the country’s eastern border for three days to personally follow events, the work of the police, soldiers, and civil organizations, and to organize defense.
Over the next three days Hungary will be working on a plan to meet the challenge of a potential increase in the influx of refugees from Ukraine, Orbán said on Wednesday.
The war is not dying down but expanding, the prime minister said on his way to an army base in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, adding that this brought with it the threat of Hungary seeing an increased influx of refugees from next week. “This poses a huge challenge for us,” he said.
The reason for the high number of refugees, he said, was that people were now having to flee the war directly.
“We are proud that Hungary has so far been able to provide care for every refugee, and over the next three days we’ll be organising next week’s defence operation so that we can continue to help everyone in need,” he said.
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