72,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Italy so far

Latest UN figures show that at least four million Ukrainians have fled their homes because of the war. In Italy alone, around 71,940 people entered the country, including 37,082 women, 6,661 men and 28,197 minors.

At the start of the conflict, more than 3,000 people were arriving daily in Italy from Ukraine, but the numbers have slowed.

In addition, the Italian government has allocated 428 million euros to help accommodate people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, reports SchengenVisainfo.com.

The Interior Ministry has announced that major Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, Naples and Bologna are the destinations to which most Ukrainian refugees are heading.

Most of the refugees have found refuge with relatives or acquaintances, while others are accommodated by the reception centers and services of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, which were set up to help those fleeing the current situation in Ukraine.

Civil Protection has a duty to decide what different types of expectations qualify people for different levels of living expenses.

Meanwhile, Italian authorities have said the payments will be in line with those paid to Italians who were displaced after an earthquake hit central Italy in 2009.

These payments are expected to cover up to 60,000 people for a period of three months after their arrival in Italy until the end of December this year. Maximum payments will reach around €600 per month or €900 per family.

The Italian authorities have also issued a “Special Decree of Ukraine”, which has created up to 15,000 additional reception places with the support of the tertiary sector and religious institutions, and when a person is accommodated in these types municipal reception centres, the authorities pay around €30 per person per day.

In addition, the government of Emilia-Romagna Stefano Bonaccini said that there will be a meeting this week between the regional governments and the head of civil defense Fabrizio Curcio to clarify the situation regarding the reception of refugees.

“On the one hand, we asked for economic contributions from the families who host Ukrainians because if this network were to fail, there would be problems. And then we asked – and we were listened to – for a higher minimum average contribution for each person accommodated in specialized reception structures”, she pointed out in this regard.

The Italian government will also allocate €52 million to regional governments in 2022 to help provide access to national health services. These payments will be proportional to the number of Ukrainians accommodated in each region and will cover up to 100,000 people.

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