Arsovski: No Ukraine Citizen Has Applied for Refugee Status So Far

Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, until now, according to the information of the Ministry of Interior, 1,924 Ukrainian citizens have entered the country, and 1,365 have been registered to leave the country in the same period, confirmed government spokesperson Dusko Arsovski. So far, as he pointed out in response to a journalist question at the press conference at Government, there are no people who have applied for refugee status and all who come are accommodated through relatives or friends. “North Macedonia is not on the route of refugees from the war in Ukraine in the way we saw in previous years regarding the refugee crisis from the war in Syria. Regardless, the Government is taking concrete steps and the Ministries of Labour and Social Policy, Health, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Interior were instructed to take measures for the organized reception of potential refugees and their accommodation. The Ministry of Finance was obliged to provide 120 million denars for hotel accommodation and additional services for citizens of Ukraine who would come to North Macedonia. So far, according to the latest information, there are no people who have applied for refugee status. All those who come are accommodated with relatives and friends,” said Arsovski.