Number of Ukrainian refugees in Latvia down slightly in March

On March31, 2023, 3.9 million non-EU citizens who fled Ukraine as a consequence of the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022 were holding temporary protection status in EU countries, according to Eurostat data published May 8.

The main countries hosting beneficiaries of temporary protection from Ukraine were Germany (1 067 755 people; 27% of the total), Poland (976 575; 25%) and Czechia (325 245; 8%). 

In Latvia at the end of March there were 35,640 people with temporary protection status, down slightly on February's figure of 36,405. It is the first time the figure has decreased since the start of Russia's war in February 2022.

Compared with the population of each EU member, the highest numbers of total temporary protection beneficiaries per thousand people in March 2023 were observed in Czechia (30.9), Estonia (27.8), Poland (25.9), Lithuania (24.2) and Bulgaria (22.5), whereas the corresponding figure at the EU level was equal to 8.7.

By March 2023, Ukrainian citizens represented (98%) of the beneficiaries of temporary protection in the EU. Adult women made up almost half (47%; majority aged 35-64) of temporary protection beneficiaries in the EU. Children accounted for slightly more than one third (35%), while adult men comprised less than a fifth (18%) of the total.

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