Three million Ukrainians return home from EU since Russia’s full-scale invasion

12 July, 11:43 AM
Ukrainian refugees near the Ukrzaliznytsia train (Photo:REUTERS/Hlib Haranich)

Ukrainian refugees near the Ukrzaliznytsia train (Photo:REUTERS/Hlib Haranich)

More than three million refugees from Ukraine who left the country after Russia’s full-scale invasion have already returned home, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said on July 11.

“According to our data, 6.7 million Ukrainians entered the European Union, and about 3 million have already returned, said Johansson. “Meanwhile, 3.7 million Ukrainians have applied for temporary protection.”

The full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine forced millions to flee their homes. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, more than 8 million people have left Ukraine, and  more than 7 million have become internally displaced persons. All the same, some of the Ukrainians who went abroad are now returning home.

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The vast majority of those who fled intend to return, according to a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group. It found that 87% of the refugees who fled their homes as a result of the full-scale Russian invasion plan to return home, and only 8% of Ukrainians have no such plans.

Of those who plan to return, 15% want to do so in the near future, 24% will wait to see how the situation develops, and 48% will return only after the end of the war.

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