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The Vlaardingen town council is building temporary housing to accommodate about 800 Ukrainian refugees, and the building will remain intact for four to five years, local officials say.

This project is one of the first projects to provide housing specifically for Ukrainians and is partially funded by the state.

A total of 409 homes have been built next to the Unilever factory, which can accommodate one, two or three people. “Imagine a small house of some sort,” a council spokesman told local broadcaster RTVRijnmond.

The new district will also have schools, dentists, doctors, as well as a children’s gym and other facilities.

There are currently about 200 Ukrainians living in Wradingen, about half of whom live in temporary accommodation and half of whom live with their host families.

“We are proud that Vlaardingers are sticking out to see if they can provide temporary accommodation for a large group of Ukrainians,” Mayor Bert Wijbenga told the broadcaster.

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