The Czech Republic will start free medical and dental care for asylum seekers in the coming months, according to a bill that is expected to pass Parliament next week.
The measure is expected after the EU announced it would provide aid to help the country cope with the influx of refugees and migrants who arrived in the country in 2015.
Czech officials said last week that they were seeking €4 million ($4.4 million) from EU states and that other EU states will also contribute to the project.
In the months ahead, officials will try to find new ways to help migrants and refugees and to build up a system to handle the burden of the crisis, which has affected more than one million people in the Czech Republic and its neighbors Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.
The Czechs are also working to help refugees with housing and education.
“This project is a great opportunity to contribute to a better future for people who are facing an uncertain future,” Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said in a statement on Monday.
Czech President Milos Zeman, who is on a visit to Berlin, said the plan was part of the country’s “European dream” to become a European “third country.”
“We are taking a big step towards European integration,” he said.
The plan is the latest attempt by Czechs to stem the wave of refugees.
The country has received a record number of asylum seekers last year, more than 3.1 million, nearly double the number of the year before, according the United Nations refugee agency.
The new scheme will allow asylum seekers to apply for a “burdenship permit,” which will allow them to stay in Czechoslovakia until they qualify for a work permit, said Interior Minister Anton Lekota.
Refugees can apply for the “carpetbag” of help they can receive from the Czech government for up to three months, which can be spent on accommodation, food, clothes and medical care.
The government will then give the money to asylum seekers.
The number of people arriving in the European Union rose to a record 1.2 million last year.
Since January, the EU has offered assistance to nearly 790,000 asylum seekers, the majority of whom are Syrians fleeing the war in their home countries.
In addition, Czech authorities are trying to help people who have been denied asylum in the EU.