More than a thousand Ukrainians found refuge in Latvia in December

Just over 1,000 Ukrainian citizens were granted protection in Latvia in December 2022, according to latest figures from Eurostat. The exact number – 1,055 – is the lowest monthly figure since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

In December 2022, among the EU members for which data are available, Poland granted the highest number of temporary protection statuses to Ukrainians fleeing Ukraine (31 860) as a consequence of Russia’s invasion. Poland was followed by Germany (25 110), Romania (11 260) and France (6 070).

Compared with November 2022, the number of decisions giving temporary protection to Ukrainians in December fell in 21 of the 26 EU members with available data. The largest decreases were observed in Germany (-11 275 compared with November 2022), followed by Poland (-8 510), Italy (-4 675) and France (-2 765). Meanwhile, the most significant increases were recorded in Denmark (+640), Romania (+515) and Ireland (+440).

On 31 December 2022, and among the EU countries for which data are available, Poland reported the highest number of Ukrainian beneficiaries of temporary protection with a total of 956 760, followed by Germany (936 375 Ukrainian beneficiaries) and Czechia (431 310).

In Latvia, some 37,815 Ukrainians have so far found refuge, a figure roughly equivalent to the population of Ventspils, the sixth-largest city in the country.


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