On August 25, 2015 UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Belarus jointly with the Belarusian Red Cross Society held the fourth working meeting devoted to the questions of assistance provision to Ukraine citizens arriving in Belarus.
The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus as well as the International Organization for Migration, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Refugee Counseling Service, INA «Evolutio», the Belarusian public association of Ukrainians «Vatra» and the public association «Center of Ukrainian culture "Sich"».
UNHCR Representative in Belarus Jean Yves Bouchardy, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration in the Republic of Belarus Zeynal Hajiyev and Deputy Head of the Bureau for Foreign Migrant Workers, Refugees and Asylum Seekers of the Department for Citizenship and Migration of the Belarusian Interior Ministry Vladimir Margevich uttered opening remarks.
Jean Yves Bouchardy noted the importance of the meeting, on which there is an opportunity to share the latest results among state and public organizations. Goals should be reviewed and changed under the current situation.
Zeynal Hajiyev also noted that the problem of the Ukrainian citizens’ status is growing and becoming more urgent.
Vladimir Margevich noted that the Ukrainian events affect the migration situation in the neighboring countries, including in the Republic of Belarus.
The employees of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Margevich, Eduard Balandin and Natalia Sokolovskaya started the meeting. They presented to the participants the migration situation in the country in connection with arriving migrants from Ukraine, as well as statistics and trends in the development of the situation.
The chief specialist of primary care of Main Directorate of medical care Olga Kolyupanova, consultant of the social, educational and ideological work of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus Larisa Yemialyanchyk, Consultant of Labour Market Division Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of BelarusBelarus Maxim Florinsky informed the participants about the working process with arriving Ukrainian citizens and statistics.
Senior Program Assistant Alexander Velikorodnov presented the action strategy of the UN / UNHCR regarding the Ukrainian citizens in Belarus.
Head of BRCS' Emergencies and Search Department Dmitry Rusakov shared the results of consultancy and assistance to Ukrainian citizens in Belarus through NGO.
Legal Counsel of Refugee Counseling Service Yulia Davydova provided data on appeals to their service.
The first deputy of the Belarusian public association of Ukrainians «Vatra» Galina Kolyuzhnaya and chairman of the public association «Center of Ukrainian culture "Sich"» Valentina Logwin talked about the activities of their institutions in Belarus and about the assistance possibilities.
The participants exchanged the latest information in their sphere and the outcomes of their activities.