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Mass aid station for refugees opens

04.10.2022 - 20:54
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 Mynd: Kristín Sigurðardóttir - RÚV
The Red Cross has opened a mass aid station for refugees. The centre, on Borgartún in Reykjavík will particularly be used by people from Ukraine, it is anticipated.

Atli Viðar Thorsteinsen, the division head of international services at the Icelandic Red Cross, says the requests came from the authorities for the mass aid station overnight and this morning, with the aim of accepting the first new arrivals this evening.

The centre is in the former Vegagerðin (road and coastal administration) building on Borgartún. It will receive all new applicants for international protection in Iceland.

“Here we are opening a mass aid station for refugees who are coming to the country. The reason is that there is a shortage of facilities from the authorities. The Red Cross has been asked to come and open a facility for 100-150 people which we make as the basis for our support role to the authorities. Here, it is proposed, people can stay for up to three days until they get other accommodation through the national authorities or municipalities,” Atli explains.

Who will come here?

“Applicants for international protection who are coming to the country. It can be expected that the majority will be from Ukraine, but also from other countries,” Atli responds.

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