The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Migration and Refugees (SRSG) concluded its fact-finding visit to Republic of Moldova (June 13-15, 2022), which focused on the protection of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
The number of arrivals to the country has fallen from the massive influx at the start of the war in Ukraine, but those arriving now are in a more vulnerable situation and are likely to stay longer. Of the approximately 500,000 refugees who have crossed the border from Ukraine, Moldova currently hosts around 80,000 people, half of whom are children. About 90% of these refugees are hosted by more than 10,000 local families.
“Civil society, local communities and state authorities are making extraordinary efforts to welcome Ukrainians, while being very attentive to the protection of their human rights. While the length of their stay is uncertain, more staff, resources and expertise are needed to develop long-term solutions for the women, children, elderly and people with disabilities currently in the country. Some facilities are not intended to accommodate refugees for longer periods,” the Special Representative said.
At the Palanca border crossing with Ukraine and at the MoldExpo refugee accommodation center, the SRSG spoke with refugees who expressed their gratitude for the hospitality while making clear their wish to return home as soon as possible . The trend is that slightly more people are returning to Ukraine than entering it.