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“Absolutely no Ukrainian who is in Cyprus today, and needs help, will wait,” said Interior Minister Nikos Nouris, adding that the Republic of Cyprus reacts immediately to provide any assistance requested, whether housing, food or shelter. any other assistance. Among other things, it was decided to issue a 12-month card to the approximately 8,000 Ukrainians in Cyprus. The card will give them & nbsp; all & nbsp; rights in matters of health care, work, allowance or housing policy. , in terms of managing Ukrainian arrivals, including housing and social protection, labor market access, access to healthcare and education.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Interior, in his statements to the journalists, stated that there is “a specific European directive regarding the management of the Ukrainians who have arrived in the Member States, after the 24th & nbsp; February”.
“Today we are here, an enlarged panel of fellow Ministers and technocrats to study the very specific issues that need to be brought into line with our directive,” he said. procedures for the registration of Ukrainians in our country, in order to grant them international protection “. “The second concerns the issues of housing and social protection. The third is access to work, access to health care and the issue of education “, he added.
Thanking all the Ministries that participated in the meeting, he informed that a simple specific procedure has been decided regarding the Ukrainians who have arrived in the Republic after February 24 & nbsp; & nbsp; which today number 6,024 people. “In addition, there are another 2,300 in the Republic, who are already in Cyprus, who are here as tourists or for some other reason and obviously people are trapped,” the Minister noted.
“So we are talking about a number that today numbers around 8000 in the Republic, for which we will submit concrete proposals to the next Council of Ministers for the management of these people”, said Mr. Nouris.
He explained that all the arrangements have been made and that there will be announcements by electronic posting on the website of the Asylum Service, of the Ministry of Interior, in which the specific Ukrainians will be able to register. He added that the Ukrainians on the same day will receive electronic approval from the Interior Ministry for this permit. From then on, he continued, “they will have to go to the provincial levels of the Aliens and Immigration Service to obtain biometric data, so that they can be issued a plastic card, which will last up to 12 months – until March 2023 – as the European directive “. The card, he explained, will give them all the & nbsp; “The Ministry of Tourism has already set aside around 3,000 rooms to accommodate these people,” he said.
< p>He noted that with the competent Ministry of Welfare there will be coordination “to be directed according to the & nbsp; family physiognomy in these accommodations”. He added that “the Ministry of Welfare will announce the manner of the allowance policy, which it will submit for approval to the next Council of Ministers.”
Speaking about the right to work, he said that it is given to everyone without exception with the presentation of this card. He informed that employers wishing to employ Ukrainians will be able to declare their intention to a specific platform of the Ministry of Labor and what professions they are interested in.
Ukrainians, he added, by presenting and presenting this card, the right to be employed, as Cypriots and community members or third country nationals are employed.
“The right to medical care is provided without any problems by the competent Ministry of Health”, stressed.
< p>Referring to the issue of education, which he described as & nbsp; a very serious issue, “a special regulation is needed regarding the possibilities of schools to receive specific numbers”.
“It is something that the competent Ministry and all the necessary arrangements will be made, so that in case of expression of interest, children under the age of 18 can be classified – which is our obligation – in the various & nbsp; schools “, said the Minister of Interior.
Asked by a journalist whether there is a timetable for the implementation of these decisions, the Minister stressed that “the timetable runs from now on”.
“The decision of the meeting is that absolutely no Ukrainian is today in Cyprus, and he needs help, he will not wait “and noted that the & nbsp; decision of the Council of Ministers next week for the formalization is not needed.
“For those people who may be displaced and in need today, whether in need of housing, or in need of food, or any other assistance, this will be provided exceptionally,” he stressed.
the registration of people in the system & nbsp; “I have announced in advance, then we will know the physiognomy of the flows,” he said. He added that they will know who are single, who are families, how many children, & nbsp; how many are men and women and by proportion the specific & nbsp; decisions.
“It is necessary to know exactly the physiognomy of these people who are in our country today,” he said, noting that it is not known at this time, but, as he stated, “we will know it in the next few hours.”
< "The Republic of Cyprus reacts immediately, as it has already done in the previous days. And those who need any help, it will be provided immediately without - I repeat - waiting for the decision of the Council of Ministers on its key issues & nbsp; food and housing ", the Minister concluded.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Labor & Social Security and Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, & nbsp; Zeta Aimilianidou and & nbsp; Prodromos Prodromou, the Undersecretary to the President, & nbsp; Kyriakos Kousios and the & nbsp; Undersecretary & nbsp; Social Welfare, Anastasia & nbsp; Anthousi, & nbsp; the Citizen's Commissioner, & nbsp; Panagiotis Sentonas, as well as other officials from competent Ministries and services. & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;