7.1 Million People Displaced by the War in Ukraine: IOM Survey
A hostel in Uzhgorod, Zakarpattia Region, currently serving as a collective
centre for internally displaced persons. Photo: Yana Wyzinska / IOM
*Geneva *– Over 7.1 million people have been internally displaced since the
invasion of Ukraine, according to the second Ukraine Internal Displacement
by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This represents a 10
per cent increase in number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in
Ukraine since the first round of the survey on on 16 March.
IOM conducted its second survey between 24 March and 1 April to gather
insights into internal displacement and mobility, and assess needs in
Ukraine to inform the overall humanitarian response.
“People continue to flee their homes because of war, and the humanitarian
needs on the ground continue to soar,” said IOM Director General António
“Humanitarian corridors are urgently needed to allow the safe evacuation of
civilians and ensure the safe transportation and delivery of much-needed
humanitarian aid in order to rapidly assist those internally displaced.”
According to the survey, more than 50 per cent of displaced households have
children, 57 per cent include elderly members, and 30 per cent have people
with chronic illnesses.
Within the first month of the war, the income of displaced households
dropped sharply. While only 13 per cent of now displaced households
reported a monthly income under 5,000 Ukrainian hryvnias (USD 170) prior to
24 February 2022, currently 61 per cent of them indicate that their
household income has been lower than 5,000 hryvnias since the start of the
Over one third of displaced households indicate that they have had no
income in the last month.
Cash and financial support, transportation, food, shelter, and hygiene
items are among the most pressing needs for displaced people. Access to
medicines and health services remains the second most pressing need for
both those displaced, and those staying at their places of residence.
IOM teams on the ground continue to provide essential humanitarian
assistance to internally displaced persons and host communities, but more
communities in need remain trapped.
Tangible support provided so far has included food, non-food and hygiene
items, cash, mental health and psychosocial support, as well as information
campaigns to help prevent human trafficking and sexual exploitation and
The cessation of hostilities in Ukraine is of utmost importance, to allow
for humanitarian access to all affected populations.
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