Over 2.5 Million People Have Left Ukraine So Far

Since the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine, millions of refugees have been forced to flee their homes towards neighbouring countries for shelter and protection.

According to the latest United Nations estimates for refugees, more than 2.5 million Ukrainians have left Ukraine up until now altogether.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, March 6, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, in a Twitter post, said that this movement of people constitutes the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“As airstrikes and shelling intensify in Ukraine, more people seek shelter away from their homes. The Ukrainian authorities, brave citizens and humanitarian agencies help as they can, despite huge risks. Targeting civilian people and structures violates international law,” he also pointed out in this regard in a Twitter post on March 13.

Many other European countries are facing a large influx of refugees as the fighting continues, and their numbers often vary by country.

UNHCR data also show that Poland is the country that has received the most refugees so far.

In addition, other Ukraine’s neighbouring refugee countries are Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Moldova.

These countries have accepted as many Ukrainian refugees as follows:

  • Moldova 328,000
  • Hungary 245,000
  • Slovakia 195,000
  • Romania 173,000

Most of the refugees fleeing are women and children because Ukrainian men between 18 and 60 were prohibited from leaving the country after the government enforced martial law.

Further west, European countries like Germany and the Czech Republic also receive tens of thousands of Ukrainians.

As of Saturday, nearly 123,000 refugees had arrived in Germany. In this regard, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that Germany is ready to accept refugees from Ukraine regardless of their nationality.

The Minister also added that nationality does not play a role in the country’s decision to welcome refugees from Ukraine in the current circumstances.

As for the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, together with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health, on March 7 published information on Ukrainian citizens wishing to settle in the Czech Republic, on the procedures and institutions dealing with residence permits, labour market access, and social benefits.

European countries such as Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden have also reported that they are facing a large influx of Ukrainian refugees.

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