Today, a meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy was held in Lviv.
Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, presented a new Strategy of State Policy on Internal Displacement until 2025.
The Government’s current priorities in working with IDPs are to facilitate their integration into host communities, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.
“While last year we focused on evacuation and primary assistance to IDPs, now we are focusing on integration of these people into host communities. Their psychosocial support. Assistance in finding a new job. These are the key tools for integrating IDPs today,” stressed Iryna Vereshchuk.
The Deputy Prime Minister called on the heads of regional and local authorities to take the Government’s Strategy as a basis and develop their own local programs to support and integrate IDPs, tailored to local specifics.
Iryna Vereshchuk proposed to establish IDP support coordination centers at the regional military administrations, as well as IDP councils as self-organization bodies for internally displaced persons.