Czech government gives helping hand to Ukrainians who wish to return home

Photo: René Volfík,

More than two years after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, there are over 339,000 Ukrainian nationals with temporary protection status living in Czechia. As the war drags on, many have grown accustomed to the idea that they may never return. But, there are also refugees who wish to go back, no matter the risks, and the Czech government has launched a program to help them do so.

Fifty-year-old Olena still remembers the day she arrived in Czechia and the volunteer who helped her to get her bearings in a foreign country. Olena has lived in Czechia for two years now and has no plans to return to Ukraine for the time being. Like many refugees, she has no place to go. Her house in Kharkiv was completely destroyed by Russian troops. But Olena understands those of her compatriots who want to return to their homeland, despite the unstable situation. Some yearn to see the family and friends they left behind. Others who need health care prefer to get treatment in their homeland from doctors they know and trust.

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Authors: Daniela Lazarová, Marie Veselá, Source:Český rozhlas