As a first step in preparing Hungary for hosting a growing number of refugees, the Hungarian government opened a humanitarian transit point in the BOK Sports Hall, a conference and concert venue next to Ferenc Puskás Stadium. Here, facilities including catering, medical care, sanitation and internet access are awaiting all those in need.
Hungary’s ready for a larger wave of refugees
While cooperation at the border is going smoothly and Hungarian authorities, NGOs and volunteers have managed to keep the influx of refugees under control, further, more decisive steps are required to make sure that Hungary stands ready to welcome everyone fleeing war in Ukraine.
Reporting from the spot in a Facebook post, Government Spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi wrote that humanitarian workers have set up a baby corner for mothers with young children and a small playground for kids. According to her, refugees arriving to the transit point are also provided with information about accommodation and further travel options.
“MÁV [Hungarian Railways] has opened an international ticket office in the hall, where refugees can collect their ‘solidarity tickets’ and be transported to the train stations or Liszt Ferenc Airport. Information points are still open at Keleti and Nyugati railway stations,” Szentkirályi wrote.