The numbers are increasing dramatically: while the UN spoke of 870,000 refugees yesterday, UN High Commissioner Filippo Grandi announced the number of one million in Geneva today. According to the last counts – the figures change every hour, of course – the neighboring countries of Poland (350,000), Slovakia (67,000), Romania (70,000) and Hungary (116,000) have opened their doors particularly wide, even the poor Republic of Moldova has over 65,000 people recorded. According to experts, only around ten percent report to the reception centers, the overwhelming majority go to relatives or acquaintances, where they will be accommodated privately.
This probably explains the UNHCR’s statement that 42,900 Ukrainians fled to Russia, in addition to the 96,000 from the separatist areas of eastern Ukraine who set out before the Russian invasion. Belarus also reports 350 Ukrainian citizens who have crossed the border.
High Commissioner Grandi said on Twitter that he had worked in refugee crises for almost 40 years but had never seen such a rapidly growing exodus. If the fighting is not stopped immediately, the refugee agency expects up to four million refugees.
Due to the willingness of the eastern states to accept fewer refugees, fewer refugees are expected in Germany and Austria – nevertheless, the Association of Towns and Municipalities assumes “significantly more” than 100,000 people, in Austria the federal states expect several thousand. In general, the willingness of the population to help is very high, and many FPÖ politicians also support the admission. The accommodation is coordinated by the Ministry of the Interior, and a platform was created by the Federal Care Agency (BBU) to organize the offer of private sleeping quarters – you can register at the e-mail address [email protected]