Where did Ukrainians find refuge in March?

In March 2022, among the EU Member States for which data are available, Poland granted the highest number of temporary protection statuses to Ukrainians fleeing Ukraine (675 085) as a consequence of Russia’s invasion, according to Eurostat data published June 3.

Poland was followed by Czechia (244 650) and Slovakia (58 750). Latvia granted 12 840 protection statuses in March.

While the overwhelming majority of persons receiving temporary protection were Ukrainians, there were also citizens of other countries who received such status in the EU Member States, e.g. 575 Russians and 325 Belarusians in Poland.

Based on the data already available for April 2022, the number of Ukrainians receiving temporary protection increased in nine EU Member States, with the largest increases recorded in Bulgaria and Lithuania (+30 965 and +21 800 people, respectively, compared with March 2022).

In contrast, the numbers dropped in seven EU Member States, with the largest decrease observed in Poland (-249 465 people compared with March 2022), followed by Slovakia (-45 310) and Portugal (-15 635).

Compared with the population of each Member State, the highest ratio of Ukrainian citizens granted temporary protection in March 2022 was recorded in Czechia (22.9 granted temporary protection per thousand inhabitants), followed by Poland (17.8), Slovakia (10.8) and Estonia (10.5).

In the EU Member States for which data are available, two-thirds or more of Ukrainians granted temporary protection were females, including girls. The largest number of females who received temporary protection were reported by Poland (446 660, or 66% of the Ukrainians granted protection in Poland in March), Czechia (163 190, or 67%) and Slovakia (41 370, or 70%). 

Among males granted temporary protection in the EU Member States, the majority were boys below 18 years old. 

Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine of February 24. 

Ukrainian refugees in EU, March 2022
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