UN: 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Europe in 10 days, the situation is getting worse

UN: 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Europe in 10 days, the situation is getting worse

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called the situation with Ukrainians a “logistic nightmare” when speaking about Poland, which was chosen as a new home by most of the inhabitants of Ukraine. A total of 1.5 million Ukrainians have crossed borders with neighboring countries, and many more are looking for a new place of residence both inside and outside the country. This is the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“10 days. 1.5 million people. It is now the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II. In the coming days, millions and more lives will be uprooted if this senseless conflict is not immediately brought to an end,” the agency said in this regard.
On the morning of Tuesday, March 8, the UN representative reported an increase in the number of Ukrainians who left their country – only 1.7 million people.

According to the agency, a significant number of Ukrainians headed to neighboring countries in the west, such as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova, as well as other European territories. A much smaller number went to Russia and Belarus.

According to the UN, the distribution of refugees from Ukraine by country is as follows:

  • In Poland arrived in total 1,028,000 refugees.
  • The Hungarian authorities hosted more than 180,000 people.
  • Regarding Slovakia, the authorities of this country announced that almost 70,000 refugees arrived in Slovakia in the first week. On March 8, their number increased significantly. A total of 128,000.
  • 83,000 Ukrainians arrived in Moldova. The country now has the largest concentration of refugees per capita, with almost 4,000 per 10,000 inhabitants.
  • March 5 Romanian authoritiesannounced that in the last two days alone they have received more than 50,000 refugees from Ukraine. And on March 8, their number was already 79,000.
  • 53,000 people left for Russia.
  • The least for Belarus – 406.

According to the UN, more than 183,000 people have left these countries for other European destinations.

“The main flow of refugees has not yet begun. And it will be much, much more. But we are ready, we can accommodate tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine in our country,” an official of the Slovak presidential administration noted in this regard, DW experts reported. According to some estimates, only about 4 million people may leave Ukraine, and according to the EU, the total number of refugees could rise to 7 million.

In addition to Ukraine's neighboring countries, other European regions are also preparing to receive a large number of refugees from Ukraine. Thus, the German authorities recently announced that they would accept refugees regardless of their nationality. This decision was confirmed by German Interior Minister Nancy Feser. The Minister stressed that in the current conditions, nationality will not play a role in the country's decision-making.

“We want to save lives. It does not depend on the passport,” Feser emphasized, according to Deutsche Welle.

The start of Russia's special operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine has forced many associations and organizations to condemn the actions of the Russian Federation. For example, the EU Commission announced the suspension of cooperation with Russia under the cross-border cooperation programs of the European Neighborhood Instrument, including the Interreg Baltic Sea program (details here).

The European Commission has also proposed to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help Ukrainians. The proposal means that the EU will help Ukrainians who decide to leave their country by providing them with a residence permit and access to education, health care and the labor market.

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