Since Russia launched the Ukrainian invasion on February 24, the United Nations has announced that more than three million Ukrainian refugees have left their homeland, seeking shelter in neighboring countries and more.
Today, we have passed another terrible milestone: three million refugees have fled Ukraine. The war must stop. Now, UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said in a tweet on Twitter on March 15.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2,969,600 Ukrainians have fled away from the country, while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said some 157,000 third-country nationals have also fled within Ukraine’s borders, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that about half of those who have fled Ukraine are children.
UNHCR initially claimed that the number of people who could leave could reach four million by June, but current flight trends show that such a thing will happen even before June.
The countries in which most Ukrainian refugees seek safe haven are:
Poland Romania Moldova Hungary Slovakia
As of March 15, Poland received approximately 1,900,000 Ukrainians. Polish authorities revealed that a total of 27 waiting points have been set up across the country for people fleeing Ukraine. All refugees are provided with food, basic medical care and accommodation at these reception points.
According to recent data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, some 459,485 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Romania, the other country in the European Union. The Romanian Ministry of the Interior also announced that the responsible authorities had made it possible to operate mobile camps to house all personnel fleeing the war, located in the provinces of Suceava, Maramures and Tulcea.
Ukrainian refugees are heading even to Europe’s poorest country, Moldova, to flee the ongoing war in their country. The data shows that about 337,215 Ukrainians have been registered in Moldova since March 14.
Hungary has also provided temporary shelters to house all refugees who do not have family members. The Prime Minister of Hungary announced that several centers have been set up in Hungary, to provide food and shelter to all people coming from Ukraine who need to stay longer. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, about 267,570 refugees from that country have entered Hungary.
As for Slovakia, the European Union Commission announced, through a press release, that all these Ukrainian refugees and their families are able to apply electronically for temporary protection in Slovakia. Available data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shows that more than 213,000 refugees have crossed the border into Slovakia.
Moreover, Ireland, Greece, Croatia and Luxembourg are among the countries that have received a large number of refugees, despite being thousands of miles away from Ukraine. Meanwhile, in terms of the country that has received a high proportion of refugees in relation to its population is the Czech Republic.
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