40,000 more refugees in 24 hours, but the flow is slowing down
Just over 40,000 refugees have fled Ukraine in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people trying to escape the fighting sparked by the Russian army on February 24 to nearly 3.9 million, according to the United Nations (UN) count published on Monday. Since March 22, the flow of refugees has slowed markedly. The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) listed, on its specific website, Monday around 12 p.m., 3,866,224 Ukrainian refugees. These are 41,748 more than during the previous score on Sunday.
In total, more than ten million people, more than a quarter of the population, have had to leave their homes, either by crossing the border to find refuge in neighboring countries, or by finding refuge elsewhere in Ukraine. The UN estimates the number of internally displaced persons at nearly 6.5 million.
Poland alone hosts more than half of all refugees who have fled since the start of the Russian invasion – around six out of ten refugees. Since February 24, 2,293,833 people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine have entered Poland, according to the UNHCR count as of March 27. Before this crisis, Poland was already home to around 1.5 million Ukrainians who came, for the most part, to work in this member country of the European Union.
According to the UN refugee agency, 595,868 people have traveled to Romania as of March 27. Many refugees decide to move on once they are safe.
After their arrival in Moldova, a small country of 2.6 million inhabitants and one of the poorest in Europe, some of the refugees continue their journey to Romania or Hungary, often to find family. According to the UNHCR, 383,627 people had entered Moldova as of March 27.
Hungary has welcomed 354,041 Ukrainians as of March 27, according to UNHCR figures. The country has five border posts with Ukraine.
According to Slovak authorities, 3,427 Ukrainians entered the country on Sunday. A total of 282,886 people have arrived from Ukraine since the start of the war. According to UNHCR, as of March 27, 275,439 Ukrainians have arrived in Slovakia.
The number of people who have taken refuge in Russia stands at nearly 271,254 as of March 22, the latest figure available. UNHCR also notes that between February 21 and 23, 113,000 people crossed from the pro-Russian separatist territories of Donetsk and Lugansk into Russia.
As of March 27, Belarus had welcomed 9,075 people.
Note: the UNHCR has removed the section concerning the other European countries and specifies that, for the countries bordering Ukraine which are part of the Schengen area (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), the figures it presents include the people who have crossed the border and entered the country. UNHCR believes “that a large number [d’entre elles] continued on their way to other countries”. In addition, the organization specifies that it does not count people from neighboring countries who leave Ukraine to return home.