According to recent data, the number of migrants who left the country since the Russian invasion has reached 4 million. Half of the migrants are children. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) the statistics announced.

Ukrainians are still continuing to flee the country to rescue from Russian’s military actions, but crossing the border is not the biggest trial. After an emergency escape for safety refugees need to adapt to new life conditions: to find new housing and means of maintenance.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of the refugees are ready to come back to Ukraine even despite the combats. 

Alexandra raised in Ukraine but lives in Brussel for 5 years. In 2 weeks after the Russian invasion she placed her mother and sister at her home in Belgium. “I immediately insisted on staying them at my place. Nevertheless, first few days mother constantly repeated that she would come back to Kharkiv as here everything is alien for her.”

Alexandra explained her mother is still in Brussel, but just because she is concerned to leave a little daughter alone in the “unfamiliar country”. 

A sociologist and urbanist Petr Ivanov said psychoanalysts explain such a solid will to revert to the motherland with ‘estrangement’ syndrome. 

“Firstly, everybody is ready to provide asylum for refugees, but in a while a primary euphoria swaps with misunderstanding why non-citizens claim public goods. So, migrants have ‘eternal guests’ status”.

Nevertheless, since the first day of the invasion the majority of European countries are providing both financial and psychological aid to displaced citizens. In addition, the EU introduces a ‘temporary protection’ status for all Ukrainian refugees.

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