“I warmly welcome the heartfelt solidarity shown across Europe towards the people escaping the conflict in Ukraine,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “But there are grounds for immediate concern which urgently need addressing, such as allegations of discrimination and racism, and the danger of trafficking. In addition, EU countries need to start now planning ahead for the needs of millions of people who may no longer have a home to return to.”
FRA’s short report ‘EU-Ukrainian border check points: First field observations’ summarises observations from FRA staff at the Hungarian, Polish, Romanian and Slovak borders with Ukraine and Moldova. It highlights:
While most people fleeing the conflict want to go back to their home country as soon as possible, this may not be possible and their stay in the EU may become much longer.
EU countries should therefore start planning ahead. This will require extensive relocations across the EU, as well as integration measures and policies at EU, national and local levels. These will need to consider:
During the field visits to all EU countries bordering Ukraine and Moldova, FRA observed how these countries address fundamental rights challenges during this humanitarian crisis. This allows FRA to calibrate its advice to EU institutions and Member States.
FRA stands ready to support Member States in their efforts to fully respect and protect fundamental rights.