According to the head of the Lviv Oblast Administration Iryna Sekh, some 2000 refugees from Crimea, mostly Crimean Tatars, are currently in the Lviv area, reports gazeta.lviv, on March 22. They have been joined by a number of ethnic Ukrainians and Russians who do not wish to live under Russian occupation. Sekh estimates that the oblast can accommodate an additional 2,000 refugees.
Sekh says the oblast is doing everything possible to ensure a comfortable stay for the refugees in Galicia. Sanatoriums have been opened to accommodate them and many people have been placed in private homes. Social welfare issues also are being addressed effectively, including pensions payments, child benefits, medical care and the placement of children in schools and kindergartens, she explained. Recently, a Tatar refugee gave birth to a daughter here and several other women are in the last month of pregnancy. A number of the refugees are also trying to find temporary work with the help of the regional employment center, she said.