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World Refugee Day: EU initiatives continue to support Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression

A large number of Ukrainian refugees have fled to Europe to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against its neighbour in February. Here on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal, we have been covering initiatives being implemented across Europe to support these refugees. We have already reported on initiatives in Malta, Portugal and the Netherlands [1] and today, World Refugee Day, we would like to continue to do so by focusing on Germany, Slovakia and Poland. Read on to find out more!

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 12 million people are believed to have fled their homes in Ukraine since the military aggression began, with some 7 million Ukrainians displaced internally and 5.2 million fleeing to neighbouring countries. Organisations in these countries have been quick to react with initiatives to support the refugees and help them integrate into their new reality and the day to day of EU Countries.

In light of the refugee crisis caused by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, the SME Week alumnus COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige [2], implemented by the non-profit association Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen (ISI), set up the new Ukraine to support ‘Ukrainian women in Berlin’ pilot project, and help them settle in and build confidence in their future. The programme focuses on physiological support, future job opportunities and empowerment, and guides refugees in making decisions about their future employment.

Likewise, in Slovakia, the game company Pixelfederation [3] has set up the #KtoPomôžeUkrajine [4] (Who Helps Ukraine) online platform to provide Ukrainian refugees with important information in their language. The platform offers multiple forms of support for people impacted by the war in Ukraine and forced to flee to Slovakia. Currently, it is focusing on helping with finding accommodation in Slovakia, along with providing social, psychological and financial support to those in need. Locals are encouraged to help in any way they can, whether it is by offering accommodation, transport, psychological or social help or other forms of support. Through the platform, a strong network of individuals and organisations that are ready to offer help to Ukrainians is being set up, and the platform puts them in touch.

In Poland, and similarly to the Slovakian initiative above, PomagamUkrainie.gov.pl [5] (Helping Ukraine) aims to improve the provision of assistance, both on the giving and receiving ends. The website has two entry points: one for people offering assistance, and another for refugees looking of help. The website provides information on the different types of help offered or needed, such as shelter, transport, employment, legal aid, clothing and medications.

As we receive more information on further initiatives being implemented across Europe to support Ukrainian refugees and integrate them into EU society, we will let you know about them here on the Promoting Enterprise portal, so make sure to check in regularly!