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Jill Biden to travel to Romania and Slovakia on mission to help Ukrainian refugees

The first lady will depart Washington for Romania on Thursday, stopping first at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base on Friday, where she will meet military personnel before heading to the capital Bucharest on Saturday. In Bucharest, Biden will hold meetings with members of the Romanian government, as well as aid workers. Romania has seen the largest influx of Ukrainian refugees following the crisis (after Poland), with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians crossing the border since the start of the war three months ago, according to the High Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees.

Biden, a community college teacher, will also spend time in Bucharest with educators who help teach displaced Ukrainian children and support them with their schooling as they adjust to their new surroundings.

On Saturday evening, Biden will travel to Bratislava, Slovakia, where she will meet with US Embassy staff before departing the next day for Kosice and Vysne Nemecke, Slovakia to meet with Ukrainian refugees. Biden will also welcome local Slovaks who have opened their homes to Ukrainian families seeking refuge. More than 350,000 Ukrainians have fled to Slovakia, according to UNHCR.

Biden ends his trip on Monday May 9 by meeting with members of the Slovak government before leaving for the United States.

The trip will be the first lady’s second solo overseas trip; in July, she travels to Japan to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.


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