The number of Ukrainian refugees abroad increased by 300,000-500,000 in six months


It is reported Center for Economic Strategy with reference to data from two waves of the refugee survey conducted by Info Sapiens.

In the first half of 2023, the number of Ukrainian refugees abroad increased by 300-500 thousand people. In general, as of the end of June, 5.6 to 6.7 million Ukrainians were abroad.

Researchers note that the new wave of refugees was the result of attacks on Ukraine’s energy system, increased missile attacks in May, and the blowing up of the Kakhovskaya HPP.

Most of the refugees are women and children. At the same time, the Center for Economic Strategy noted an increase in the share of men.

“Of all the refugees abroad, 1.3 million to 3.3 million Ukrainians may remain (from an optimistic to a pessimistic scenario). This is 0.4-0.6 million people more than in previous calculations for December 2022.” – says the study.

According to CES calculations, as a result of non-return of Ukrainians, the country’s economy will lose from 2.7% to 6.9% of GDP annually.

  • Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as of August 2023, the difference between the number of people who left and returned to the country amounted to 2.4 million citizens.
  • The Czech government is preparing a special program for the voluntary return of refugees to Ukraine, which provides for assistance and reimbursement of part of the costs in such cases.
  • Oleg Pendzyn, a member of the Economic Discussion Club, said that according to the latest sociological studies, up to 2 million refugees are ready to return to Ukraine, while the rest either hesitate or are not going to return to Ukraine.
  • On August 30, it was reported that refugees from Ukraine, who are in Poland, have the right to a new cash benefit for newborn children.
  • On September 2, it became known that Poland closed its largest reception center for Ukrainian refugees. The press service of the administration of the Mazovian region explained that the center was no longer needed. Most people found housing elsewhere.



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