The war in Ukraine has so far led to the arrival of 120 Ukrainians in Sitges and about 60 in Sant Pere de Ribes. The figures continue to rise slowly, although not at the rate of 10 days ago, when the main ‘Spain 4 Ukraine’ expedition of two buses and nine vans arrived back, with drivers from Sitges and Ribes.
The local councils of both towns are coordinating the care service, both in providing material for those who need it, and the schooling of children. So far in Sitges, there are already 23 boys and girls in schools and it is expected that 20 more will be able to join them by the end of the week. Residence and Social Security permits, in order to access the labour market, have to be processed by the refugees themselves at a centre installed at Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona’s exhibition centre) by the Ministry of Inclusion and Social Security.
The Red Cross has started a campaign to collect further support material, with the councils requesting diapers, baby products and personal hygiene products, which can be left at schools and institutes in Sitges.
At the same time, the Sitges Shopping Association is continuing with a fundraising campaign, with 40 establishments having set up points to deposit money by customers. The proceeds will go to one of the organisations working on the borders of Ukraine.
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