“The aggression in Ukraine has evoked the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “The EU and its Member States enacted temporary solutions providing much needed support. As the war drags on, we need to put in place effective long-term measures that allow host societies and displaced people to adapt to the upheaval resulting from this war.”
FRA’s ‘Fleeing Ukraine’ report captures the first-hand accounts of some 14,500 people who fled the war and settled in the EU.
Although 1 in 3 now feel part of the host country’s community, the same proportion would like to return to Ukraine. One woman in Romania summed up the welcome many felt: “I am amazed at how much they have been taking care of us, Ukrainians, since the beginning of the war, helping and supporting us.”
The EU’s rapid activation of EU Temporary Protection Directive allowed people fleeing the conflict to quickly settle and to work, travel and access services across the EU. But the survey shows that practical difficulties remain:
The survey ran from August to September 2022 in Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
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