There is no end in sight to the war. Those who can are fleeing. Europe is showing great solidarity in this. The centre of Romania is home to the organisation Migrant Integration Center of Brașov – the second partner organisation with which Solidar Suisse works. Outside the city centre, the organisation, in cooperation with the local authorities and the social welfare service, has opened a centre for arriving Ukrainians within a few days, in a commercial building that was until recently a vaccination centre. 275 people were registered here in the first two days, mostly women and children. Many Ukrainians arrive in Brașov because they are picked up by buses, some of them by volunteers, directly from the border crossings with Romania and brought here. “We have heard from the Ukrainian community that the word is out that help is being given here. That’s why there is so much interest in this place,” says Corina Tapuc from Migrant Integration Center. She and Astrid Hamberger are running the centre as long as it is needed.
What they have put together in a very short time is impressive: from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Ukrainians can register here, warm up, rest, get food and medical care, or stay overnight if they have not yet found accommodation in Brașov. Even for children, a separate room has been prepared where they can distract themselves with volunteers. “It is important that the people who arrive here know that they are safe,” says Corina Tapuc.