NATO Secretary General urged Europe to prepare for a new wave of Ukrainian refugees

NATO Secretary General urged Europe to prepare for a new wave of Ukrainian refugees

“We have seen how millions of people have already left Ukraine, many of them have crossed the Romanian border. Of course, we must be prepared for even more refugees crossing the borders of Europe, ”he told reporters before the start of the meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers in Bucharest.

Stoltenberg also thanked and noted the role of Romania in the issue of accepting refugees. According to him, the country received more than 1.5 million Ukrainians.

On November 24, political scientist Dmitry Zhuravlev doubted that European countries would want to accept a new wave of refugees from Ukraine. In his opinion, the likelihood of canceling most of the benefits previously available is high. Zhuravlev suggested that only minimal funds to support migrants would be kept.

On November 21, Time columnist Lisa Abend said that with the onset of winter, Europeans, who have taken millions of Ukrainian refugees into their countries, are increasingly tired of forced guests.

In mid-October, the British newspaper Daily Mail wrote that due to the rising cost of living in the UK, the authorities began to gradually phase out the “Houses for Ukraine” program. As a result, refugees are increasingly becoming homeless, which causes some concern in society.

At the end of August, it became known that about a quarter of the participants in the program sponsoring the accommodation of Ukrainian refugees want to leave it. The reason was increased prices and increased electricity bills.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, from February 24 to November 15, 2022, a total of more than 7.8 million refugees from Ukraine arrived in Europe.