Nearly one million refugees from Ukraine have come to EU countries. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the influx is unprecedented.
“I have worked with refugee crises for 40 years, and I have rarely seen a refugee flow that grows as fast as this,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, noted in a press release.
The UN has estimated that over a million people have fled Ukraine during the first seven days of the war.
He adds that unless there is an immediate end to what he calls “this meaningless war,” millions more will be forced to flee Ukraine.
“Despite the extraordinary challenges, the response from governments and local communities in the border regions has been absolutely incredible. UNHCR staff have already traveled to the region to build up our assistance programs to support recipient countries.”
At a meeting between the EU’s justice and home affairs ministers in Brussels on Thursday, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson stated that close to a million refugees have arrived in the EU countries.
The European Commission has proposed granting temporary residence to all refugees from Ukraine.
“I am very impressed by the inhabitants who help the refugees… Some have opened their homes to Ukrainian refugees. We can be proud of our citizens,” she noted.
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