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Millions of refugees are fleeing Ukraine. Where are they going?

Written by on March 19, 2022

Thousands and thousands of refugees are fleeing Ukraine within the midst of Russian assaults. They’re better in quantity than the inhabitants of virtually all U.S. cities, together with Chicago. 

“I’ve labored in refugee crises for nearly 40 years, and I’ve hardly ever seen such an extremely fast-rising exodus of individuals,” mentioned Filippo Grandi, the high commissioner of the United Nations’ refugee agency.

The nations surrounding Ukraine have all acquired refugees, the vast majority of whom have gone to Poland, the third-largest Slavic nation after Russia and Ukraine. Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia and Moldova have every acquired greater than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

Evacuees board a train to Poland, at the Lviv train station, western Ukraine, on March 5, 2022.
Evacuees board a prepare to Poland, on the Lviv prepare station, western Ukraine, on March 5, 2022.
DANIEL LEAL, AFP through Getty Pictures

Staying in a war-torn nation is harmful within the face of Russian navy strikes and shelling, however so is the trek to depart. A Ukrainian 6-year-old who arrived in Poland described his five-day journey to the border as “bombs, bombs, bombs.”

The conflict in Ukraine has injured at the very least 1,333 civilians and killed at the very least 816 since Russian assaults started on Feb. 24, according to United Nations estimates, although the world physique expects casualties are increased than the confirmed tolls. 

‘Bombs, bombs, bombs’: Ukrainian refugees describe harrowing journey to Poland

Children walk past a queue of cars heading to the Poland border near Shehyni, western Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Youngsters stroll previous a queue of vehicles heading to the Poland border close to Shehyni, western Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Pavlo Palamarchuk, AP

Many Ukrainian refugees do not stay within the nations the place they initially sought asylum. For instance, as of March 16 about two-thirds of people that entered Moldova from Ukraine had left the nation and continued on to Romania, in accordance to the International Organization for Migration. Since borders are open throughout the Schengen Space of Europe – which incorporates Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and most Western European nations – it’s harder to trace the place refugees go if and when they depart these nations.

Whereas the refugees have been welcomed in lots of cities and cities, some locations are reaching capability. The mayor of Krakow, one among Poland’s largest cities, mentioned it is reaching its limit by way of the variety of individuals it could actually accommodate, and it seems to be to direct refugees to locations exterior town. The prime minister of the Czech Republic, which doesn’t border Ukraine however has acquired greater than 270,000 Ukrainian refugees, has mentioned of his nation, “We have now to confess that we’re on the very edge once we can settle for with out issues.”

Along with these leaving the nation, the Worldwide Group for Migration estimated as of Wednesday that almost 6.5 million individuals had been displaced within Ukraine.

Clockwise from high: Refugees fleeing make their option to the Krakovets border crossing with Poland; individuals relaxation in a brief shelter for Ukrainian refugees close to the Polish-Ukrainian border; a toddler who fled the conflict seems to be by a bus window in Przemysl, Poland.
Clockwise from high: Refugees fleeing make their option to the Krakovets border crossing with Poland; individuals relaxation in a brief shelter for Ukrainian refugees close to the Polish-Ukrainian border; a toddler who fled the conflict seems to be by a bus window in Przemysl, Poland.
Clockwise from high: Refugees fleeing make their option to the Krakovets border crossing with Poland; individuals relaxation in a brief shelter for Ukrainian refugees close to the Polish-Ukrainian border; a toddler who fled the conflict seems to be by a bus window in Przemysl, Poland.
Dan Kitwood, Getty Pictures; Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP through Getty Pictures; Daniel Cole, AP

Tens of 1000’s of asylum-seekers proceed to depart Ukraine every day, with the entire quantity hitting over three million. Because of the imposition of martial regulation, the Ukrainian authorities briefly forbade males ages 18 by 60 from leaving the nation. This means a lot of the refugees are ladies, kids and aged individuals. 

Ukrainian Pavlo Bilodid, 33, kisses his wife and daughter goodbye as they prepare to board a bus to Poland at Lviv bus main station, western Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Ukrainian Pavlo Bilodid, 33, kisses his spouse and daughter goodbye as they put together to board a bus to Poland at Lviv bus principal station, western Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Bernat Armangue, AP

Monetary assist is likely one of the greatest methods to assist Ukraine. The U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees gives assist to refugees by emergency shelters, repairs for houses broken by shelling, emergency money help and psychological assist. Donate to UNHCR’s relief efforts on its website.

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