UN: TOO SOON TO BEGIN RESETTLING UKRAINIAN REFUGEES FLEEING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION

Mar 01, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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Canada’s representative for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, says it’s too early to begin the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who have already fled the Russians.
”We’re talking really, really early days for resettlement,” according to Rema Jamous.
She adds the numbers are intimidating, as some 500,000 have already gone to neighbouring countries.
Should trends continue, the UNHCR estimates there could be as many as 4-million refugees and up to 12-millin inside Ukraine who will need relief and protection.
Still, Jamous says most who left hope to return home once it’s safe.
”People will always want to go home before they think about going anywhere else.
You’re going to see probably that people will stay close to the border area. 
The overwhelming majority of refugees around the world will stay close to home and they will wait in neighbouring countries for an opportunity to return to their countries of origin.”
The UN is appealing to governments for $1.7-billion US for humanitarian aid, including over $550-million US to help refugees who’ve fled to nearby countries.
Jamous says that money will be used for tents, heat, warm clothing, food and other essentials.
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