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COVID-19 Forces Huge Numbers of Ukrainians Home to Face Fraught Future
The country’s creaking economy and the conflict in the East are among the reasons up to three million Ukrainians were working abroad when the pandemic hit; over 1.4 million are internally displaced. Large numbers of expatriates rushed home before Ukraine closed its border: 37,000 on 27 March alone, the last day border crossings were open.
On 31 March, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the SEEECA region increased by more than 15 per cent in 24 hours. The highest number of cases (see chart) are in Turkey, Israel, the Russian Federation, Armenia and Serbia. Turkey also has the highest number of deaths (168). The number of infections and fatalities are still increasing in the SEEECA region and are higher than in Europe overall, where rates are beginning to fall.
Isolated by Conflict, Age and Pandemic, Ukraine’s Elderly Face Hardship with Dignity
In the sixth year of conflict in eastern Ukraine about 3.4 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection; 1.9 million of whom live in the non-government-controlled areas. Now, lone pensioners like 80-year-old Lidiia, face a new challenge: CIVID-19
Read how veteran Anatolii rebuilt his life with the support of his family, an IOM grant and the humble plum in the latest edition of IOM Ukraine's newsletter on support to conflict-affected populations.
IOM Steps Up Humanitarian Response on Turkey’s Land and Sea Borders
As the situation on the Turkey/EU border enters its second week IOM, with its partners, continues to provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of vulnerable migrants who have been sleeping in rough conditions, without proper access to food, shelter or sanitary facilities.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is urging all States to exercise restraint and adopt a balanced, humane approach to population movements across the EU-Turkey border. Over the past five days, IOM teams and their partners have mobilized resources to offer support and assistance to groups of migrants moving from various locations in Turkey towards the country’s borders with the European Union.