Ukraine sees fastest displacement crisis since Second World War: IRC

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Kyiv: The International Rescue Committee on Thursday said more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into Poland since Russian began invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The IRC in a statement said, It’s “the fastest displacement crisis we’ve seen since the Second World War.”  

It further said Poland has “acted quickly” to legalise the stay of Ukrainians and to provide access to social services like healthcare, education, and financial assistance.

Heather Macey, IRC Team Lead in Poland said, “However, to receive most benefits, registration for a Polish ID number is required. Even with the swift registration process established by the Polish government, it will be a long process to register the over one million people who are expected to stay on in Poland.” 

Considered to be a major US humanitarian group, IRC has urged authorities and administration in countries neighboring Ukraine to “make full use of the help offered by the EU Asylum Agency, EU funding, and other EU countries to make sure that refugees are supported in an equitable and sustainable way across the continent.”

first published:March 24, 2022, 4:56 p.m.

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