The situation in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee their homes. UNHCR is working around the clock to provide reception centres, shelter and support to people forced to flee the largest refugee situation in Europe since the Second World War.
Since the crisis began in late February 2022, thousands of families have been forced to flee in Ukraine.
There are now (24 January 2023) more than 8 million refugees who have had to cross borders to safety, and nearly 6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine. This is the largest crisis of forced displacement in Europe since the Second World War.
Since the beginning of the military offensive in Ukraine on February 24th 2022, UNHCR has been leading the regional inter-agency refugee response coordination. Within and outside of Ukraine, UNHCR and its partners provide protection, shelter, psychosocial support and access to financial support and to essential items like hygiene and kitchen kits, blankets, and warm clothes. The UN Refugee Agency is determined and committed to continue its support to people in need as long as access is possible.
However, the needs spawned by the crisis in Ukraine are increasing exponentially. UNHCR is therefore calling on the international community to show solidarity and provide quick and vital assistance to the thousands of displaced men, women and children. We need your help urgently to support the people affected.