Sofia, Bulgaria: The data shows that during the previous week, nearly 20, 000 Ukrainian nationals registered themselves for temporary protection in Bulgaria. With this number, the overall tally of the Ukrainian refugees who entered the border of Bulgaria since the Russian military invaded the country has increased to 159 642.
Of the total number, 72,588 Ukrainian refugees at the present time remain in the Balkan state, among which a total of 25,000 are children, as per the official statics presented.
In view of the head of Bulgaria’s crisis staff on refugees from Ukraine – Valeri Rachev, there were more than 7 million people who were “internally displaced” in Ukraine, who can flee the nation at anytime they want. On the other hand, as per the information shared by the International Organization for Migration, as of April 1, 2022, there were a total of 7.14 million internally displaced people in Ukraine.
The statics shared by the UN Refugee Agency while providing the information cited that as of April 8, 2022, over a 4.4million Ukrainian nationals fled the country to save their lives since the Russian invasion. The majority of this number has fled to Poland, which is – more than 2.56 million, followed by Romania with – (678 081) and Hungary with – (413 888).
The reports says those who enter Bulgaria via the Durankulak border checkpoint had to wait for at least 10 hours to get themselves registered for the temporary protection in the Balkan state. Volunteers from the Bulgarian Red Cross and other NGOs are helping the Ukrainian nationals at the border checkpoints for the application process.
Bulgarian Red Cross’s – Georgi Georgiev, in a recent statement speaking on the situation, asserted, “Everything is just volunteers and non-governmental organisations. The state has not delivered anything so far.”
UN Refugee Agency tweeted, “The war in Ukraine has triggered one of the fastest-growing displacement and humanitarian crises ever. More than 4.3 million refugees fled the country, and 7.1 million are displaced internally.”