How many Ukrainians have fled their homes?

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More than 11 million people are believed to have fled their homes in Ukraine since the conflict began, according to the United Nations.

As well as the 5.3 million who have left for neighbouring countries, another 6.5 million people are thought to be displaced inside the war-torn country itself.

Where are people fleeing inside Ukraine?

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, warned people in the east of the country to evacuate ahead of the latest Russian assault, or risk their life.

It’s not clear how many people were able to leave.

The UN’s 6.5 million figure is based on research carried out by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) between 9 and 16 March.

The actual total is likely to have increased in the subsequent weeks.

Of the 2,000 internally displaced people the IOM surveyed:

  • nearly 30% had come from Kyiv, more than 36% had fled from the east of Ukraine and 20% had come from the north
  • nearly 40% were now in the west of Ukraine, with less than 3% in Kyiv
  • only 5% had left their homes in anticipation of the invasion, with the vast majority fleeing either at the start of the war or when it reached their area

The IOM estimates that more than half of the people who are internally displaced are women, and many are deemed particularly vulnerable because they are pregnant, have a disability or are a victim of violence.

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