: More than one million Ukrainians displaced by conflict

15:52 Jun. 20, 2016

More than one million Ukrainians displaced by conflict

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Basically Ukrainians seek refuge in Russia, Belarus, and Germany

1,389,452 Ukrainian citizens seek asylum or any other way of staying abroad legally. This is according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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‘According to the data provided by the receiving states, the overall number of Ukrainians that are seeking asylum or any other legal way of staying abroad comprises 1,389,452 people,' the statement says.

1,092,212 Ukrainians currently reside in Russia; 139,143 – in Belarus, 261 – in Moldova, 79 – in Romania, 71 – in Hungary - 71, 26 – in Slovakia.

As of June 10, the major E.U. countries received 26,305 applications for international protection. Consequently, Germany received 7,967 applications, Italy – 7,267, Poland – 5,153, France – 3,176, and Sweden – 2,742.

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In the meantime, nearly 3,000 refugees from over 70 countries across the world have fled to Ukraine, according to the Head of the UNHCR in Ukraine Pablo Mateo.

About 4,000 people are in the process of applying for a refugee status. Syrians, Afghans and Somalis are among the group of people that most commonly receive the refugees' status or additional protection in Ukraine. The UNHCR also highly praised the creation of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs in Ukraine.

On June 20, UN Refugee Agency released a report entitled Global Trends. This is a detailed study, which tracks forced displacement worldwide based on data from governments, partner agencies and UNHCR's own reporting, found a total 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier.

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