The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned that countries focused on helping Ukraine should not ignore crises in other regions that could be exacerbated by the war.
Filippo Grady said the “colossal crisis” in Ukraine would increase the number of internationally displaced people to well over 84 million by the end of 2021, with about 6 million refugees from Ukraine and 8 million internally displaced. country.
“Unfortunately the global displacement crisis is intensifying. I think an important message… is that it is not just Ukraine that exists and we should not forget the rest,” Grady told a meeting of EU development ministers in Brussels.
“First of all, because Ukraine has an impact on many other fragile situations, which makes them even more fragile, food security, the energy crisis, price increases, instability, and then that in turn can lead to more displacement.” , he stated.
Grady called on EU members and other countries not to cut development aid abroad because of the higher costs associated with the crisis in Ukraine, such as to deal with the influx of refugees, as Sweden did.
“If we do that and at the same time weaken the response in other areas, it will boomerang. Then we will have higher costs to cover in other areas as well,” he said.