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Kirchberg building to open doors to refugees mid-May



The former building of the Court of Justice of the European Union will accommodate a total of 1,200 Ukrainian refuges. Photo: Guy Wolff/Maison Moderne

The former building of the Court of Justice of the European Union will accommodate a total of 1,200 Ukrainian refuges. Photo: Guy Wolff/Maison Moderne

The T building in Kirchberg will open its doors to accommodate Ukrainian refugees in mid-May but its three blocks will become operational one after the other following a one to two months-long gap in between used to refurbish the property.

A total of 1,200 Ukrainians fleeing the war in their home country will be housed in the former building of the Court of Justice of the European Union known as the T building when all of its three blocks are fitted for their new purpose. The refurbished facility will welcome a mixed population of families and single people who will benefit from socio-educational supervision by Caritas and the Luxembourg Red Cross.

Block A which will open first has been fitted with 151 beds. Blocks B and C will undergo a one to two months-long refurbishment before becoming the refugees’ new temporary home.

At an information session with Luxembourg City residents, foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn (LSAP) explained that beneficiaries of temporary protection will be accommodated in the T building following their stay in a primary reception facility. He was accompanied by Luxembourg City alderman Maurice Bauer, vice-president of the Kirchberg local interest syndicate Henri Bram and representatives of the national welcome office (ONA), Caritas and the Luxembourg Red Cross.

The Luxembourg City residents had the opportunity to ask question and exchange views with Asselborn, who was keen to acknowledge their solidarity with those displaced by the war.

One month ago, on 11 April, Asselborn said that around 4,600 Ukrainian refugees had already arrived in Luxembourg. On 10 May, the ministry confirmed to Delano that 5,245 had asked for international protection. According to the latest available figures 3,014 people have been granted temporary protection status in the grand duchy.

The influx of Ukrainian refuges has proven to be an infrastructural challenge for Luxembourg with those fleeing from the war having to shift accommodations and deal with uncertainty. In April the several hundred Ukrainians housed in Hall 7 of Luxexpo were be relocated due to the need to free up space for the International Dog Show on 16 and 17 April. The refugees will be moved to tents in front of the European Parliament in Kirchberg which were built by the CGDIS.