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Refugee centre in Tallinn will operate on weekdays

From 28 March, the refugee centre at Niine 2 in Tallinn will be closed at weekends and will be operating on weekdays from 8-17.

The centre will remain open round-the-clock until Friday 25 March at 17:00. The centre will be closed on the weekend of 26 and 27 March and from 28 March, it will be open on weekdays from 8-17. 

According to Deputy Mayor Betina Beškina, the opening of the refugee reception centre in Pärnu has reduced the number of night-time arrivals and first-time registrants. "At the moment, the people who come to the Niine centre to register are mainly those who are staying with relatives or acquaintances in Tallinn and did not wait in line when there were a lot of arrivals. The centre on Niine Street will continue to serve refugees staying in Tallinn regarding educational, social and employment issues," said Ms Beškina.

The reception centre for Ukrainian war refugees, which opened on 2 March in Tallinn, has so far been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The aim of the centre is to provide refugees with a one-stop-shop for all the services, assistance and information they need when they arrive in Estonia. To date, the centre has registered over 10,300 people, of whom more than 4,200 are under 18.

At the centre, located on Niine Street, war refugees staying in Tallinn can register if they have not been able to do so thus far. As of 21 March, refugees arriving in Estonia are able to register at the reception centre in Pärnu as soon as they arrive to the country. The Tallinn refugee centre is now intended be a contact point for refugees to receive the various services and counselling offered by the city. In particular, the need for a place in kindergarten or school is registered there. Refugees are issued with a smartcard at the centre which, in addition to free use of Tallinn public transport, allows them to obtain clothing from the Uuskasutuskeskus (Reuse Centre) shop at Punane 50 and to visit several cultural institutions free of charge. For refugees already registered, the Tallinn Education Department, the Tallinna Vital Statistics Department, the Tallinn Social Welfare and Health Care Department and the Unemployment Insurance Fund provide services at the centre. There is also a distribution point for first aid supplies and referrals to a food distribution centre. Due to the opening of the refugee reception centre in Pärnu, the Police and Border Guard Board will no longer provide counselling at the Tallinn refugee centre.

In Lasnamäe, at 50 Punane Street, a system of free distribution of clothes and household items to Ukrainian war refugees was launched on 22 March in cooperation between the city and the Reuse Centre. The war refugee will receive the items free of charge by validating the smartcard, or Ühiskaart, at the shop's cash desk together with an identity document. All Ukrainian refugees registered at the Tallinn refugee centre will be issued with the smartcard, valid for public transport travel and other services.

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