ROSTOV-ON-DON. Sept 29 (Interfax) – Russia has taken in about one million refugees from south-eastern Ukraine, according to head of the Federal Migration Service’s department in the Rostov region Viktor Solodovnikov.
“Approximately one million displaced persons are currently staying in Russia, and slightly more than 880,000 of them have applied for various kinds of status, including 195,000 for temporary asylum,” Solodovnikov told a press briefing in Rostov-on-Don.
He emphasized that lately they had been witnessing an outflow of refugees to Ukraine.
“A total of 1.5 million persons have arrived in the Rostov region during that period and about 900,000 have left for Ukraine. The Rostov region government and the federal authorities have helped accommodate 120,000 persons in the Rostov region or other areas. Some 55,000-56,000 persons have been moved from the Rostov region to other territories of the Russian Federation. In the peak period, 98 shelters and tent camps in the Rostov region lodged about 60,000 displaced persons,” Solodovnikov said.
Rostov Region Vice-Governor Vadim Artemov thanked Baisa Vak-Voya, the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Russia, for his praise of the efforts of the regional government and federal services. “Indeed, an enormous amount of work has been done to meet and accommodate displaced persons from south-eastern Ukraine,” he said.
Artemov said they would take the UNHCR official on a trip to the Aksaisky and Neklinovsky districts where the greatest number of refugee shelters had been deployed. The UNHCR delegation will also visit a school attended by children of the refugees.