Number of Ukrainian Refugees Tops Five Million as Conflict Rages
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released figures claiming that over five million Ukrainians have fled their country since the start of the Russian invasion in February.
According to the UNHCR, a total of 5,034,439 Ukrainians have fled their country since the start of the Russian invasion, while the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) claims that around 7.1 million people have been forced to leave their homes in Ukraine due to the conflict.
Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner of the UNHCR, commented on the new figures this week saying, “After eight weeks of conflict, we are at five million, and it’s not over,” the European Union-funded website InfoMigrants reports.
Many of the foreign nationals, who were either students or workers, have returned to their own countries according to InfoMigrants, while the vast majority of Ukrainian refugees have been welcomed in neighboring countries like Poland, which has taken in six out of every ten Ukrainians fleeing the conflict.
The UNHCR also states that nearly 600,000 Ukrainians have fled the conflict to Russia and Belarus.
While refugees continue to enter European Union countries from Ukraine, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Security claimed last week that around 870,000 Ukrainians have already returned to their home country and estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 return each day. (BB / VFI News)
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. - Proverbs 11:14