Ukrainian refugees arrive at a transport hub near the border at Palanca. © UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

GENEVA UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has updated its data portal on the situation of refugees in Ukraine, adding new data that better reflects recent refugee movements to and from Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has caused one of the biggest human displacement crises in the world today. Millions of refugees have entered neighboring countries and many more have been internally displaced. UNHCR responded as the situation evolved and new data became available.

The portal now features the estimated number of individual refugees registered in 44 countries across Europe as well as updates on border crossings from Ukraine since February 24, returns to Ukraine as well as protection registrations temporary in Europe.

As of June 7, some 7.3 million border crossings have been recorded from Ukraine, with an additional 2.3 million crossings into the country.

According to new data from national authorities and compiled by UNHCR, at least 4.8 million Ukrainian refugees have been registered across Europe, including those who first crossed into neighboring countries and then left.

“From the start, UNHCR has strengthened its capacity to collect and analyze data in refugee-hosting countries on the profile, vulnerabilities and intentions of refugees,” said Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner of UNHCR. for operations. “This is crucial to ensuring an effective humanitarian response, allowing us and our partners to respond to critical needs with specific support, and to better plan for the future.

The outpouring of solidarity in States hosting refugees remains extraordinary. European Union member states have taken unprecedented action, swiftly activating the Temporary Protection Directive for the first time, ensuring access to protection and services for refugees from Ukraine. Other European states have extended similar protection regimes.

Of the 4.8 million individual Ukrainian refugees registered in Europe, 3.2 million have registered for temporary protection or similar national protection programmes.

Although the security situation in Ukraine remains fragile, back and forths have been recorded. Some travel to Ukraine to assess the situation, check on assets, visit family members or help them leave. Others travel to western Ukraine and around Kyiv and Chernihiv with the intention of staying.

Many of those who returned found their homes badly damaged and struggled to find jobs – as the war continues to have a devastating economic impact – and had no choice but to leave. These developments have been reflected in the updated portal.

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