In response to the growing Ukrainian refugee crisis, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and humanitarian partners are calling for increased financial support to help refugees and neighboring countries that host them generously.
On the occasion of the launch yesterday of a Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) updated for the situation in Ukraine, UNHCR and partners are calling for $ 1.85 billion to assist 8.3 million refugees in neighboring countries, including Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, as well as other countries in the region such as Belarus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
This regional refugee relief plan is being released against the backdrop of continuing fighting, destruction and displacement within Ukraine. The war has already uprooted more than 12.7 million people in the past two months alone, of which more than 5 million have fled the borders as refugees and 7.7 million are still internally displaced. Additionally, nearly 13 million people are believed to be stranded in affected areas or unable to leave due to security risks.
The human impact and suffering already caused by this war are enormous. Families are being destroyed, homes and infrastructure destroyed, while the trauma of the war will have a lasting impact on many who have been forced to flee their homes, including women and children who make up about 90% of the uprooted people.
Since the war began, the countries of the region have kept their borders open and continue to host refugees. The mobilization of national authorities, host communities, local organizations and tens of thousands of volunteers in neighboring countries and beyond has been remarkable. This commitment demonstrates what is possible when society as a whole comes together, in the spirit of the Global Compact for Refugees.
Led by various host governments, this updated Regional Refugee Response Plan brings together 142 organizations, including UN agencies, IFRC and National Red Cross Societies, national and international NGOs, religious institutions, civil society and academia.
It focuses on key areas including protection, food security, health and nutrition, education, basic needs, water, sanitation, livelihoods and resilience, energy, environment and logistics. The transitional cash assistance program, which has already benefited tens of thousands of refugees in neighboring countries, is a key priority in providing dignified assistance to refugees.
This plan aims to ensure that all refugees who have fled Ukraine have access to international security and protection. It aims to ensure rapid and life-saving humanitarian assistance to refugees who have fled Ukraine and third-country nationals, a significant number of whom are in need of international protection. The plan also focuses on solutions by promoting social and economic opportunities.
Neighboring host countries have mechanisms and capabilities to respond to the refugee crisis. However, the scale of refugee arrivals and the scale of their needs require additional support for national social security schemes and services.
National authorities and regional institutions have acted swiftly to provide temporary protection across Europe and beyond, in a spirit of solidarity and shared responsibility. Strong and flexible funding will be key to maintaining this solidarity and reaffirming support for the continued protection and inclusion of refugees.
Until we see the end of this war, humanitarian needs will continue to grow and the displaced will not stop.
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