Half of Ukrainian Refugees in The European Union Are Children

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Children make up half of the 3.8 million refugees from Ukraine who have arrived in the European Union since the Russian invasion, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told reporters on Monday after a meeting of the EU interior ministers in Brussels.

“The number of arrivals is going down,” Johansson said of Ukrainians arriving in the EU. “At the height of the time we had 200,000 arrivals a day, now it’s down to 40,000,” she said.

He added that 800,000 of the 3.8 million arrivals have already applied for temporary protection in the EU.

Johansson announced that EU interior ministers have agreed on a community-wide platform to register arriving refugees seeking temporary protection in the bloc, with “EU-wide” coordination for transport and information centers.

Johansson also said that EU ministers had approved common guidelines for the reception and support of children, including unaccompanied minors, as well as a plan to combat human trafficking.

The lack of a uniform approach to managing the influx of refugees during and since the 2015 migration crisis has been a point of contention in the bloc.

Warning of the need for more contingency planning for refugees, he said “we have to be prepared for many more millions who may need to flee Ukraine.”

“We don’t know what will happen tomorrow,” added the commissioner.

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