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IMF names number of Ukrainian refugees to stay abroad forever

IMF names number of Ukrainian refugees to stay abroad forever Number of Ukrainian refugees to stay abroad forever (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) anticipates that approximately 2 million Ukrainian refugees will permanently stay abroad after the conclusion of the war with Russia, according to the IMF spokesperson Sanaa Nadeem.

"It would take time for migrants to return to Ukraine. So we expect only a small net inflow next year in 2024," he said.

According to the IMF forecast, by the end of the projected period (until 2027), there will be a "net negative outflow of 2 million persons relative to the pre-war scenario."

Refugees from Ukraine

According to UN data at the end of 2022, 5.7 million Ukrainians had fled to neighboring countries, creating the fastest displacement crisis and one of the largest since World War II.

According to a survey by the Sociological Group "Rating," the majority of Ukrainian citizens living in Europe enjoy comfortable conditions. The most comfortable conditions are experienced by Ukrainians who have been living in the country for several years (89%). Even those who recently arrived have reasonably decent living conditions (around 80%).

According to Eurostat data as of October 31, 4.24 million residents of Ukraine who left the country after the start of the war have received temporary protection in European Union countries.