Japanese Gov't Supporting Ukraine War Victims in Hungary

Ukraine Crisis

Within the framework of an earlier cooperation, IOM Hungary procured 200 washing machines and 100 fridges for people in need in 2022.

In order to support the neighboring countries around Ukraine in their ongoing emergency operations, the Government of Japan has committed to providing IOM Hungary with a grant of USD 926,583, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The contribution of the Government of Japan will enable IOM Hungary to strengthen the humanitarian response to crisis-affected populations in Hungary. The overall objective of the project is to provide humanitarian assistance, including shelter and basic needs, to the most vulnerable refugees who have fled to Hungary as a result of the war in Ukraine, while contributing to a conducive environment for self-sufficiency.

The project activities will focus on providing shelter, distributing food and hygiene items, establishing food banks, and providing child protection through the development of childcare facilities.

“I am very pleased that the Japanese Government has continued to work closely with IOM by providing, this time, financial support for IOM’s meaningful humanitarian assistance for Ukraine," Masato Otaka, Ambassador of Japan to Hungary noted. “One year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the importance of providing assistance to Ukrainians in the context of long-term displacement has been increasing.”

"The war in Ukraine led to catastrophic humanitarian consequences and has become one of the fastest-growing and largest human mobility crises that Europe has experienced since World War II," said Dániel Bagaméri, head of IOM Country Office in Hungary. “The crisis particularly affects the most vulnerable people, especially children, women and girls, the elderly, and people with disabilities. I want to express my appreciation for the generous support from the Government of Japan that enabled IOM in Hungary to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.”

To date, more than 2.3 million Ukrainian and Third Country Nationals have arrived in Hungary across the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, while 34,248 persons have applied for temporary protection status in Hungary.

In partnership with governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations and as part of the UNCHR-coordinated refugee response, IOM in Hungary is responding to the immediate needs of refugees arriving in Hungary by providing essential humanitarian assistance, shelter, core relief items, case management and protection services such as mental health and psychosocial support and information provision.

So far, IOM Hungary, in partnership with Hungarian municipalities, has provided 88,466 safe nights to people in need and assisted 21,891 people with information provision. With the help of its donors, IOM Hungary provided 66,663 meals in designated community centers and distributed 13,354 food vouchers across its beneficiaries.


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