Home News Around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine into Poland and other neighboring countr

Around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine into Poland and other neighboring countr

5
Around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine into Poland and other neighboring countr

[ad_1]

Around 660,000 people have fled Ukraine into Poland and other neighboring countries in the wake of Russia’s invasion, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday.⁠

That number is sure to increase as the Russian military expands its assault on Ukraine’s cities.⁠

“This figure has been rising exponentially, hour after hour, literally, since Thursday,” said U.N. High Commissioner Filippo Grandi during a Monday meeting of the Security Council. “I have worked in refugee crises for almost 40 years, and I have rarely seen such an incredibly fast rising exodus of people. The largest, surely, within Europe, since the Balkan wars.”⁠

Shelly Culbertson, senior researcher and an expert on forced displacement at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, told Yahoo News she is worried that as the number of refugees increases to millions, European countries are not prepared to provide long term services like housing, food and health care.⁠

“If this situation is similar to other situations, the vast majority of people who are fleeing today are probably not going to go home,” she said. “This could be a new sort of permanent population of Ukrainians within Europe, and a long-term population has different needs. They need to integrate into a new community. They need to become self-sufficient and get jobs. Their kids need to get into school.”⁠

The European Union on Monday announced it was preparing to grant Ukrainians who flee the war the right to stay and work in the 27-nation bloc for up to three years. In addition, senior European officials have said that EU border states would get help to cope with the arrivals.⁠

In the past days, checkpoints at various border crossings in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova have been overwhelmed due to the long lines of cars and buses filled with Ukrainians who are fleeing war and seeking safety. Other refugees, many of them women and children, have braved freezing temperatures and have been arriving on foot, some with their pets and a few possessions.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.⁠

✍️: Yahoo News⁠
📷: Ethan Swope/Bloomberg via Getty Images

[ad_2]

Source

5 COMMENTS

  1. Why is no one questioning UN data? Why? Because it gets views and shares for the greedy news media.

  2. God have mercy on Ukraine but United Nations have to do something about the Russian and Ukraine.

Comments are closed.