20:48 22.02.2024

Two years of Ukraine war: Millions assisted, millions more still in need

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Two years since the escalation of the war in Ukraine, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has supported 6.5 million people in the country and across 11 neighboring countries, providing critical and life-saving aid to those most in need, the IOM’s press service reported.

“The destruction is widespread, loss of life and suffering continues. Through it all, IOM has been a constant presence in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, supporting a vast number of people fleeing for their lives. The needs are enormous, however, so much more needs to be done,”  said IOM Director General Amy Pope.

It is expected that more than 14.6 million people – a staggering 40 per cent of Ukraine’s total population – remain in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in 2024, while 2.2 million refugees require assistance in neighboring countries. 

During the two years since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, over 14 million people – nearly one third of Ukraine's population – have fled their homes. Families have been separated, children left homeless, and communities destroyed. 

Some 3.7 million people remain displaced within Ukraine, while nearly 6.5 million are refugees globally. Over 4.5 million have returned home to date from either abroad or displacement within the country.  

Working with government, UN and civil society partners both within Ukraine and in neighboring countries, IOM's response has prioritized protection of the most vulnerable people. IOM is supporting recovery efforts in Ukraine by reconstructing housing, water and heating systems, and providing health care services. 

Donor support to this response has been unprecedented. In the first two years of response, $957 million was mobilized against the $1.5 billion funding objective. As the war enters a protracted phase, however, needs continue to grow and outpace available resources.  

“We count on increased support from donors and local partners to meet the challenges that lie ahead in providing a better life for Ukrainians. IOM commends the Government of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people for their strength and resilience, as well as Ukraine's neighbors who are taking in those seeking safety. We remain fully committed to alleviating human suffering and helping recovery,” Pope stressed.

IOM will continue its role as a trusted partner to the European Union, the Governments of Ukraine and refugee-hosting countries to support people affected by the war.