World Refugee Day: Joint Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

June 21, 2022
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“Amidst the fastest growing refugee crisis globally, the EU has taken decisive action to provide protection to those fleeing Russia’s war against Ukraine and get humanitarian assistance in the country and to its neighbours.

This time last year it would be unthinkable that 14 million people would be forced by Russia’s aggression to leave their homes in a single country on the European Union’s doorstep. This is the largest movement of people in Europe since the end of World War II.

The EU and its Member States have stood by Ukrainians, providing refuge to over 6 million people that have fled to neighbouring countries, primarily to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia but also the Republic of Moldova. The majority of those fleeing are women and children. Children who should never have to hide from bombs and experience the horrors of war.


Today, more than 100 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, from Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Myanmar to Venezuela or Burkina Faso. Working hand-in-hand with the United Nations and the international community, the EU remains a leading humanitarian and development donor helping affected populations to access food, shelter, education, health care, housing, land, livelihood support, and other basic services in situations around the world. We must not forget that over 80% of the world’s refugees are hosted in developing countries. 

Now more than ever, the EU remains committed to supporting those forced to leave their homes worldwide. We will continue working towards political solutions to end the reasons forcing people to flee.”

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia