World Refugee Day

Refugees are one of the most acute and painful problems of the modern world. There are tens of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons registered on the planet. Most of them are in Africa, the Afghan conflict zone, the Balkans, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Mozambique and Colombia.

Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homeland. Today, forced migrants search for international protection and seek asylum from European countries. The number of Ukrainian displaced persons has reached 7 million, with more than 4 million temporarily displaced persons in Ukraine.

The international community is consolidating its efforts to alleviate the plight of these people. Established in 1950, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is now the central international agency doing everything possible to best solve this problem.

The European Union introduced its first Temporary Protection Directive, under which Ukrainians have the right to live, work and receive assistance in 26 of the 27 EU member states.

Poland took in 4 million of our citizens. Hungary, whose Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the first European leader to build a wall to stop refugees in 2015, opened its doors to 587,000. The Republic of Moldova became a new home for 483,000 Ukrainian citizens.

On March 24, President Joe Biden said the U.S. would shelter up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and provide $1 billion to help Europe cope with the flow of displaced people. Canada, home of the world’s largest Ukrainian diaspora, has announced that it will accept all Ukrainians who want to come.

Ukrainians are forced to flee the war. Forced to leave their homes. Forced to be separated from their families. Those who have been chased out of their homeland by war will never be able to forget the horrors they have witnessed.

When fireworks sound like gunshots. When sirens are like screams. When a slamming door is as a falling bomb. This tragedy must be stopped.

We will do anything for Victory. We will heal the wounds. We will build cities and villages, hospitals and kindergartens. Ukrainians will surely return home, embrace their relatives.

Together we are strong!

Everything will be Ukraine!