Two weeks after the start of the Russian-led war in Ukraine, more than 2.5 million refugees have fled the country. Although most of them headed to Poland, some went to Hungary, Romania, Moldova or Slovakia.
Upon their arrival at the Slovak border, the refugees received free food, donated and prepared by volunteers, as well as clothing. Buses allowed them to continue their journey to other cities in Slovakia, Prague, Cologne or Brussels.
In the European capital, 3067 Ukrainians were registered in 5 days (March 2022). Ukrainians have 90 days to register, which can be extended to 180 days if the situation in Ukraine worsens. Those who register receive an automatic temporary protection certificate recognized by all EU members. It allows them to obtain an identity card valid for one year in the municipality where they will reside.