19 EU countries see rise in temporary protection cases

Number of Ukrainians with temporary protection status increased in 19 EU countries
Number of Ukrainians with temporary protection status increased in 19 EU countries

The number of Ukrainians with temporary protection status increased in 19 EU countries as of April 30, 2024, compared to March, the Eurostat website reports.

The largest increase was observed in Romania (+3,275), Sweden (+1,855), Bulgaria (+1,780) and Slovakia (+1,250). The number of beneficiaries decreased in six EU countries, with the Czech Republic (-18,970) and the Netherlands (-8,415) recording the largest declines.

A total of 4.19 million people who fled Ukraine due to Russia’s military aggression enjoyed temporary protection status in the EU as of the end of April. Of these, 98% were Ukrainian citizens. The largest number of beneficiaries of temporary protection from Ukraine was in Poland (953,930), followed by Czechia (345,405).

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Eurostat did not provide data on the number of Ukrainians in Germany, where, according to previous reports of the European statistical office, there were the most Ukrainians with temporary protection status. Eurostat explains this by saying that countries voluntarily provide information on the beneficiaries of temporary protection and this data has not yet been received from Germany.

At the end of May 2024, 977,000 Ukrainians were registered as asylum seekers in the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) as of Dec. 31, 2023.

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As of the end of April, adult women accounted for almost half (45.7%) of temporary protection beneficiaries in the EU. Children accounted for almost a third (32.8%) and adult men for just over a fifth (21.5%) of the total.

As of August 2023, 2.4 million Ukrainians have left and never returned since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainians returned home most actively in the second half of 2022.

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