Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomes the Ukraine’s allocation of one million hryvnia intended for humanitarian assistance to refugees from Syria.

"The Ukrainian authorities have allocated one million hryvnia to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to help Syrians. Ukraine first acted as a donor state," the UN News Center says.

UNHCR Regional Representative Mr. Oldrich Andrysek noted that is no longer just a recipient of international aid, but for the first time joined the ranks of donor States to assist refugees.

According to the UN data, more than half a million Syrian refugees were registered or awaiting registration in the four neighboring countries.

“Their number is climbing by more than 3,000 per day. About 25,000 Syrians are also seeking asylum in the EU Member States,” the report says.

Mr. Andrysek noted that he is aware of several hundred persons in Ukraine and Moldova who have approached the authorities asking to be granted permission to remain.

UNHCR trusts that those who have good reasons not to return to the conflict area will be granted the protection they deserve and will not be forced to return or to seek safety elsewhere.

Since the beginning of 2011, 266 Syrians have applied for asylum in Ukraine. The asylum-seekers come from different regions of Syria, but most tend to originate from Aleppo and Damascus.



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