UN refugee chief commends Moldova for welcoming war-fleeing Ukrainians

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UN refugee chief commends Moldova for welcoming war-fleeing Ukrainians

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • Home OpeningThe top UN official said that despite severe economic hardships, “Moldovans opened their country and their homes.

  • “Over the previous 11 months, over 102,000 Ukrainian refugees—nearly half children—entered the country.

  • He said the government’s decision earlier this week to activate temporary protection was “another clear and practical demonstration of continuous and persistent solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

  • “The change, according to the UN’s top refugee official, gives refugees a more stable legal position. Moreover it paves the way for more long-term planning and action.

  • It has provided Moldova with aid and support totalling more than $100 million since the start of the refugee surge.

During his visit to Moldova, Filippo Grandi told the media, “The Moldovan people and government have shown tremendous solidarity with migrants since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began about a year ago.”

Since the beginning of the war, when tens of thousands of refugees, primarily women and children, fled Ukraine, this help has been clear.

Home Opening

The top UN official said, despite severe economic hardships and a lack of resources. But “Moldovans opened their country and their homes.”

Over the previous 11 months, over 102,000 Ukrainian refugees—nearly half children—entered the country.

He said the government’s decision earlier this week to activate temporary protection was “another clear and practical demonstration of continuous and persistent solidarity with the Ukrainian people.”

According to the UN’s top refugee official, the change gives refugees a more stable legal position. Also, it paves the way for more long-term planning and action.

“Until they can go back home safely and with pride, temporary protection will help refugees get jobs, become self-sufficient, and contribute to their communities.”

Along with giving stability during trauma and change, it lays the groundwork for even longer-lasting access to education and other essential services.

Increased support is required

The UNHCR, is one of the UN refugee agency. It is committed to assisting Moldova and strengthening its partnership in refugee integration. Thereby, enlisting assistance for host families and local communities.

It has provided Moldova with aid and support totalling more than $100 million since the start of the refugee surge.

According to Mr. Grandi, “We will continue to invest in enhancing Moldova’s social protection programs for both refugees and Moldovans.”

But the international community must do something. Something to help the people who are supporting the refugees and the communities in Moldova that are taking in refugees.

This means that the country needs more and faster investments in its growth. And for that a lot of help from the rest of the world is also needed to support and grow its economy. In particular, the private sector needs to be encouraged to invest, which can create long-term jobs for both Moldovans and refugees.

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