Where are the Ukrainian refugees heading?


As we know the War in Ukraine is still ongoing and there are alot of war crimes being committed like, attacks on schools and civilian buildings. Causing over 2,000 deaths and over 2,000 injuries, not discriminating against women, children, men, elderly, it’s everyone thats getting hurt. More than 5 million Ukrainians have been fleeing to Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and the U.S. There are those who chose to visit their family members and chose to stay with them in their country for the meantime.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 32.10 percent have the option to sleep in a friend’s home for the time being. 16.70 percent will sleep in a place they own and the rest ranging from 2 to 6.5 percent struggle to find a home or place to live in. Hotels, strangers homes, bomb shelters, shelters or those who dont or cant find a place to sleep. There are 53.6 percent of women and 46.4 percent of men but of those there are  56.3 percent that are elderly, 32.1 percent that are chronically ill, 19.5 percent that are handicapped, 10.2 percent that are pregnant or breastfeeding, about 60 percent are children and 27.6 percent are infants. 

While the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been ongoing for years, it has  now begun to affect its surrounding countries which affects NATO, causing other countries to step in and take a look at the matter. For the time being NATO countries are not being put under attack and other countries are choosing not to step in and send their troops into the matter. (More explanation can be found on this website). Out of all of the European countries Poland has received the most intake of refugees from about 2,884,764 Ukrainian refugees out of 5,163,686 Ukrainian refugees in the world. The U.S has agreed to take in 100,000 refugees, the offer stands although the European countries would be more convenient there ,the U.S invitation shows that they support the Ukrainians.

During the short time the U.S was taking in the refugees, they were going through Mexican Borders but now a new program allows the Refugees to come in but not through Mexico. A PBS article states “The U.S. says it expects to admit up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine and about 15,000 have come since the Feb. 24 invasion, mostly through Mexico. Starting Monday, that route will no longer be an option except in extreme circumstances, officials said.” There have been said to be “refugees” warrentting access into asylum through the U.S- Mexico border.  The issue on the matter is not that there are too many refugees coming from Ukraine, the issue is that there are too many southern immigrants trying to come through the border which is making everything hectic. The article states, “Title 42, that enables authorities to quickly turn away migrants in the U.S.-Mexico border without giving them a chance to claim asylum.”

For more information about Title 42, check out this article.