We’ve been telling you this morning about the abandoned shopping center on the outskirts of Krakow, Poland, that has been converted into a temporary relief center to welcome more refugees in the city.
More than 1.8 million Ukrainians have crossed into Poland alone since the conflict began and the country is feeling the pressure of welcoming that number of refugees.
The center – which closed down six months ago – is designed to hold about 400 people initially, but they have capacity to expand that even more, says the BBC’s Dan Johnson who is there.
It aims to take the pressure off the city’s creaking facilities and resources, and relieve the lack of accommodation, with refugees having to sleep on the floor of the city’s railway station.
Karol Pytlarski from the city’s municipal social welfare center says the refugee center already has 100 people and will probably become full later today.
“Our main goal is to provide the best help possible for the people who are coming from the war, we are trying to [make them] feel a little bit like [they’re at] home, to give them rest, so they can get through, get together and think about the future. “