This figure accounts for almost a quarter of the country’s population, calculated by the World Bank to be 44 million in 2020.
The majority of people leaving their homes (6.48 million as of March 16 according to figures provided by the International Organization for Migration on Friday) have been internally displaced since the conflict began on February 24. I am.
Others have sought refuge in neighboring countries, including Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia and Belarus.
“The war in Ukraine was so devastating that 10 million people fled domestically or as refugees abroad,” he added.
UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said Thursday that more than 90 percent of the 3.1 million people who left Ukraine are women and children.
Raouf Mazou, UNHCR’s assistant commissioner, said this indicates “an increased risk of gender-based violence and other forms of exploitation and abuse, including trafficking.”
UNICEF spokesman Joe English told CNN on Sunday that 1.5 million Ukrainian children were refugeed by the Russian invasion and an additional 3.3 million children are currently evacuated in the country.
“Each of these is an individual child whose life has been broken up and the world has been upset,” English said.
Where did the people escape?
According to the United Nations, in the first three weeks of the conflict, 2 million people arrived from Ukraine to Poland and more than 1 million went to other neighboring countries.
Mazou said last week estimated that 490,000 Ukrainians fled to Romania, 350,000 to Moldova, 280,000 to Hungary and 228,000 to Slovakia.
Poland has become “one of the largest refugee recipients in the world” in just a few weeks, Mazou added.
Grundy previously called the number of people fleeing home in Ukraine “terrifying,” and earlier this month described the situation as “the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.” I expressed it.
He said Ukrainian citizens could enter France without a visa, adding that many of the arriving people only passed on their way to Spain’s large Ukrainian community.
Meanwhile, more than 187,000 refugees have arrived in Germany from Ukraine, the German Ministry of Interior said Thursday.
However, a spokesman for the ministry said the actual numbers could increase significantly as there are no border crossings between Poland and Germany.
CNN’s Benjamin Brown, Joseph Ataman, Camille Knight, and Amy Cassidy contributed to this report.