The miserable journey without end that after the outbreak of war on Ukraine local Gypsies not only the media but also non-profit organizations led by Romeo are currently noticing. Although these people are fleeing Ukraine and more or less affected by Russian aggression, they are often not entitled to help. There are ambiguities with dual citizenship and Hungarian passports, which Viktor Orbán began to hand out years ago as a treadmill to the great displeasure of Slovakia. He rejects and fines dual citizenship.
The refugees thus have a Hungarian passport and citizenship, and they do not speak Ukrainian, so the fact that they are heading from a conflict-affected area is not valid for them.
The moment they cross the borders of Slovakia or Hungary and later get to the Czech Republic, they find themselves in the European Union, own a passport of one of the member states, they are not entitled to the assistance received by Ukrainians with one Ukrainian passport, according to government officials.
“It is very difficult to say what the exact number of Roma who have Hungarian passports in Ukraine, or it is fair to say that they have dual citizenship. Ukraine officially claims that in total there are up to 130,000 such citizens in Ukraine, “ An activist from Ukraine, Julian Kondur, told the Romea.cz news server, who admits that it is also a calculus from the Roma, not just the Hungarian side.
Ukrainian Roma refused accommodation and preferred to camp at the main railway station in Brno.
“Of course, this is about access to the EU labor market and about expanding the possibilities of obtaining financial support from Hungary. On the other hand, people do not think at all about the leverage it gives the Hungarian government to influence Ukraine’s internal affairs. “ he added.
And it seems that even the Czechia is not a promised country for Roma refugees from Ukraine, even though they liked it in Brno and Prague. This is despite the fact that the refugees have already begun to take a lot of interest in the five thousand contribution.
“If the person has the citizenship of an EU country, he or she is not entitled to such protection under the Temporary Protection Directive. Such a person may enjoy the benefits of nationality. “ the spokeswoman of the Ministry of the Interior, Hana Malá, informed.
The Ukrainian Roma refused accommodation and preferred to camp at the main railway station in Brno, from where they gradually left west, for example to Prague.
According to Magda Falta, director of the Association for Integration and Migration, EU citizens have the opportunity to apply for benefits in material need in certain circumstances. “The only benefit they will actually receive upon arrival is emergency immediate assistance, subsistence allowance and housing supplement after three months of residence registration,” in connection with financial assistance to Hungarian citizens.
They therefore resort to alternative ways of procuring much-needed cash. In Brno, for example, they solved problems with begging.
“We can’t force people on the street to move anywhere else. It’s purely up to them. Likewise, the moment we give them a roof over their heads, we can’t force them to stay there. “ The mayor of Brno, Markéta Vaňková, let herself be heard.
In recent years, mainly Roma from Slovakia have been heading to the Czech Republic to a greater extent. They look at the Hungarians from Ukraine with distrust.
She also mentioned targeted trips to nearby cities or countries. “According to our information, this is a clear number of people who migrate throughout the country, changing individual cities. He often travels outside the Czech Republic and then returns for benefits, “ she added. The integration of Ukrainians into society is now to be addressed in the South Moravian metropolis by a ten-member advisory group founded by the mayor.
“In the long run, the Roma have never been a major problem, because after assessing the situation, they most often decided to go back.” Commission Chairman Daniel Topinka from Palacký University in Olomouc alleviates the concerns of our people.
This is evidenced by the arrivals of Roma from Romania in the past. Unfortunately, he forgot to add that those from Slovakia will not return to their homeland in any particular way, they will reach higher benefits in the Czech Republic.