IOM Ukraine Response Update | The international organization for migration

Cross-border movements of Ukraine at 09:30, 04 March

  • 1.25 million people forced to leave Ukraine.
  • Poland – 672,000.
  • Moldova – 194,000.
  • Hungary – 133,000.
  • Slovakia – 89,600.
  • Unknown – 180,000.
  • Third Country Nationals (TCN) – 78,800.
  • Nationals of 138 countries crossed the borders of neighboring states.

Source: Government ministries of the respective countries.

On third-country nationals

IOM welcomes the decision of the Council of the European Union to offer temporary protection to people fleeing Ukraine and reiterates IOM’s willingness to support the implementation of the directive.

We hope to see wide application that covers all who need it.

Men, women and children, including migrant workers and students living in Ukraine, face serious difficulties when trying to leave conflict-affected areas, cross borders to neighboring countries and seek life-saving assistance.

More than 78,800 third-country nationals crossed into neighboring countries.

We have credible and verified information from partners and humanitarian workers present at the borders with neighboring countries who have documented discrimination against several third-country nationals arriving in neighboring countries. They have also documented acts of xenophobia based on people’s race, ethnicity and nationality. We have also seen the damning testimonies shared in the media by people who have been victims of discrimination.

Third-country nationals have reported being discriminated against while travelling. States must investigate and act immediately to ensure that anyone fleeing conflict is treated humanely and has access to territory and protection.

We have been contacted by dozens of countries requesting IOM’s assistance in the return of their citizens.

Last week, we launched helplines in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Lithuania and Slovakia to provide essential information to people on the move.

IOM Flash Appeal – $350 million

Operational update


  • Eight field offices ready to mobilize when the security situation allows.
  • Yesterday in Ukraine we provided emergency assistance to 500 elderly and disabled people.


  • We see a waiting time of 24 to 36 hours at the border.
  • Supporting operations at nine reception centers along the border and are. mobilize the delivery of non-food items (ANA) and other forms of assistance.


  • Working with French NGO SOS to ship tents and 4,000 sleeping bags to the border and with World Central Kitchen to provide hot meals to refugees and third-country nationals in Moldova.
  • IOM distributes non-food items at the border.


  • IOM Romania is working on a regional agreement with AirBnB to accommodate 100,000 migrants in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.


  • Liaise with embassies to provide return assistance to third country nationals.


For more information please contact:

In Moldova: Joe Lowry, [email protected], +373 686 97118, +43 660 377 6404

In Geneva: Safa Msehli, [email protected]. +41 79 403 5526

In Brussels: Ryan Schroeder, [email protected], +32 492 25 02 34

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