The number of refugees from Ukraine has passed the 2 million mark. Since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, a total of 2,011,312 people have fled to neighbouring countries, according to new figures from the UN refugee agency UNHCR on Tuesday morning.
On Monday, there were still more than 1.7 million refugees. Refugees mainly cross the border into Poland. The Polish Border Guard has registered more than 1.2 million people.
Part of this group travels on to other countries in Europe. However, because there are no border controls in the European Union, it is not clear how many refugees have arrived in the Netherlands, for example.
The United Nations estimates that the number of refugees could reach 5 million. After the first wave of refugees, there is likely to be the second wave of more vulnerable refugees. “If the war continues, we will see people who have no resources and no connections,” said UNHCR head Filippo Grandi.