Survey: More than half of refugees in Czechia live in cramped conditions

A daily dispatch on how the war in Ukraine is impacting life in the Czech Republic.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 02.08.2022 12:26:00 (updated on 07.08.2022) Reading time: 2 minutes

August 7, 2022

Refugees No refugee visas issued yesterday for first time since February

  • For the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the Czech Republic did not issue any special visas for Ukrainian refugees on Saturday, the Czech Ministry of the Interior revealed today.


  • On Friday, 803 refugees received visas, about 20 more than a week ago. A total of 407,528 refugees from Ukraine have been granted special visas in the Czech Republic since February.
  • The special visas allow holders to stay in the Czech Republic for up to one year, and allow access to Czech public health insurance (for up to 150 days), education opportunities, and the job market.

August 2, 2022

survey Refugees from Ukraine live in small apartments, hotels, and hostels

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  • Refugees from Ukraine mostly live in smaller apartments, hotels, and hostels in the Czech Republic, according to a survey published by PAQ Research.


  • Findings suggest that 54 percent of refugees live in cramped conditions, with less than six square meters of living space per person.


  • Only a quarter of Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic live in standard housing with sufficient living space and their own sanitary facilities, according to the survey.


  • Overall, only two-thirds of refugees have their own toilet in their housing, more than half have their own kitchen, and 84 percent have their own key to their housing, so they can come and go freely. 


  • The situation is worse in non-residential facilities. Only 28 percent of refugees who live in them have their own key. Half of the refugees in non-residential facilities share toilets with other residents and only a minimum have their own kitchen.


refugees Czechia cancels free travel for Ukrainians

  • The blanket entitlement to free transportation of persons who left Ukraine due to the war ended on Aug. 1.


  • According to the Ministry of Transport, only those who will be issued a departure order by the Czech Police due to the inadmissibility of the application for granting temporary protection will continue to be able to travel for free.
  • Free transportation for Ukrainians who left their country due to Russian aggression began on April 1, 2022. Until now, it was used by people on trains crossing the state border or those who were granted temporary protection in the last five days.


  • From Aug. 1, these groups will need tickets according to the normal tariff for travel within the Czech Republic.

aid EU sent first billion to Ukraine

  • The European Union sent Ukraine 1 billion euros (CZK 24.6 billion) as a financial contribution to deal with the consequences of the war with Russia. 
  • "This 1 billion euros is part of a larger support package for Ukraine for a total of nine billion euros. These funds will help finance priority budget needs," Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
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