UN: more than 6M people have fled Ukraine since Russian invasion
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UN: more than 6M people have fled Ukraine since Russian invasion

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday reported more than six million people have fled Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. A total of 6,062,665 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries like Poland, Romania and Russia.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, UNHCR has tracked refugee data from Ukraine. The agency uses variety of sources, including official data from border crossing points. While UNHCR tries to ensure that all data is verified, because of the ongoing situation, some figures represent estimates and are occasionally amended.

Most of those who have fled Ukraine are women and children. Poland has accepted the largest number Ukrainian refugees, almost 3.3 million, and adopted new legislation in March to accommodate the refugees. The law provides Ukrainian refugees with funding and access to healthcare, work, family benefits and education.

Other neighboring countries have also experienced an influx of Ukrainian refugees. 901,696 fled to Romania, 800,104 to Russia, 588,736 to Hungary, 460,782 to Moldova, 409,527 to Slovakia and 27,308 to Belarus.

A report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) shows that over eight million people have been displaced within Ukraine. As a result, almost 13.7 million Ukrainians have been displaced—both internally and externally—since Russia invaded.