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Kamchatka waiting for mass arrival of refugees from Ukraine

August 07, 2014, 6:28 UTC+3 7 7/8

Regional authorities are ready to pay compensation to refugees and provide help for them to settle and find jobs

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, August 7 (Itar-Tass) - Kamchatka is mobilizing resources to support refugees from Ukraine who will arrive in the far eastern region soon.

A state of emergency is declared on the peninsula in connection with the expected mass arrival of refugees, the governor's press service said on Thursday. The state of emergency will allow using material resources from the region's reserve, including additional funds and necessities. It will be in force until Governor Vladimir Ilyukhin's further notice.

The peninsula is to accommodate 780 people. It is ready to receive 160 people by September 1, Ilyukhin said. "Our task is to provide everything necessary for them when they arrive."

A temporary accommodation centre is set up for Ukrainians in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. They will reside in a hostel, where 30 rooms are already repaired, and other premises are under repair.

Regional authorities are ready to pay compensation to refugees and provide help for them to settle and find jobs.

Kamchatka has 8,300 vacancies, including seasonal offers, for example fish packing. There are 89 jobs with housing, mostly for doctors, teachers and other most needed professions.

A Kamchatka delegation on August 11 will leave for Rostov-on-Don (the Rostov region received the largest inflow of refugees from Ukraine). Kamchatka employment agency specialists will meet with refugees and offer them jobs for a long term.

The Kamchatka regional government said it confirmed its readiness to the Federal Migration Service to receive and accommodate 156 people. They are expected to arrive in late August.

The governor asked Russian Vice-Premier and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev to help organize transportation by an Emergencies Ministry plane for Ukrainian citizens from Rostov-on-Don to Kamchatka.

Twenty three families 47 people, including 13 children from eastern Ukraine have arrived in the peninsula and applied to employment services.


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