Europe Readies Itself for a Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Following Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine, countries across Europe have been anticipating a massive refugee influx. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published a Saturday report that said that over 160,000 Ukrainians were “internally displace” in the country, and more than 116,000 had fled Ukraine. 

Europe is preparing for it. The European Union was prepared for this in December Oleksii Reznikov is Ukraine’s Minister of Defense BewareA Russian invasion could result in as many as 5,000,000 Ukrainians seeking refugee status. 

Poland’s Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik In a radio interview broadcast on January 28, he said that the country was in preparation for it.Up to one million people could be affected by a tsunami.” Polish soldiers recently established processing centers at the border. They also repurposed an arena as shelter for 500 people. The New York Times reports. This country is bordered by Ukraine. 2 MillionUkrainians have already settled in Poland and are working there.

Over the weekend, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, criticized Russia’s invasion and announced his country would be open to Ukrainian refugees, a major reversal after years of restricting immigration to Hungary. Hungarian Defence Forces expect to receive up to 600,000. According to Hungary Today. Budapest: Human rights activist Telled The New York TimesMost of Hungary’s aid to refugees is currently provided by charities and other nongovernmental organisations. 

Moldova, which is located to the south-east of Ukraine, has admitted almost 16,000 people as of Friday, according to Ana Revenco (Interior Minister). At a press conferenceOn February 25, There have been only 386 Ukrainians seeking asylum in Ukraine. 

Romanian Defence Minister Vasile Dincu Telled Reuters on February 22, before the invasion began, “There are several estimates, but we could receive over 500,000 refugees, that is…the number for which we have prepared alongside the interior ministry and other institutions.”

Boris Johnson was the British Prime Minster on 22 February, as Russia threatened to invade. AffirmedJohnson’s commitment to helping Ukrainian refugees. Johnson stated before Parliament that the country would continue to perform as it did in the past and will accept those fleeing persecution. “That’s what we will do.”

Jen Psaki (United States Press Secretary) told reporters that on Thursday, the Biden administration predicted most Ukrainian refugees will be settled in neighbouring European countries. According to the administration, it’s also considering granting protections to Ukrainians living in America from being deported. Temporary Protected StatuteOder Forced Departure DeferredAccording to CBS News.