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At Least 300,000 Non-European Migrants Among ‘Ukrainian’ Refugees: UN

A report from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has claimed that around 300,000 non-Ukrainian migrants have arrived in the EU among those supposedly fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

The IOM, an agency of the United Nations, released a report this week stating that around 13 million Ukrainians have been displaced since the Russian invasion in February and that 6.6 million Ukrainians have fled the country due to the fighting.

Among the wave of Ukrainian refugees who entered the European Union was around 300,000 non-Ukrainian nationals, not including European Union nationals — roughly over half of the non-EU foreign population of Ukraine prior to the war, the EU-funded website InfoMigrants reports.

How many of these foreigners were genuinely resident in Ukraine before the Russian invasion and how many might be exploiting the country as a back door to the West is unclear, however.

In the early days of the conflict, reports emerged of migrants from countries in Africa and elsewhere that had been seen among the Ukrainians arriving in Western European countries, such as France.

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nicholas Bay commented on the phenomenon in March, claiming that migrants from outside Ukraine were attempting to exploit the crisis in order to enter France.

“[T]oday a third of the refugees who pass through Ukraine who do not come from Ukraine, but… come from sub-Saharan Africa in particular… [they] use this new migratory route to come to Europe,” Bay stated.

“There are those who come for economic reasons, who weigh down our public accounts and our social accounts, and the Ukrainians towards whom we have a duty of European solidarity, of course,” he added.

While many Ukrainians who fled the war still remain abroad in countries like Poland, Romania, and elsewhere, many Ukrainian refugees have returned to the country in recent months.

A July report from the European Union border agency Frontex claimed that’s many as half of the Ukrainian refugees who came to the EU to escape the conflict had already returned to their home country.

European Union home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson stated in July that the situation had largely stabilised and crossings between the EU and Ukraine had returned to levels seen prior to both the war in Ukraine and the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.


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