12:26 01 Dec 2023

International Organization for Migration and EU to provide humanitarian support to over 200,000 Ukrainians

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ukraine, with support from the European Union (EU), is addressing the humanitarian needs of war-affected Ukrainians.

The organization focuses on improving housing, providing essential items and psychosocial support, and preparing people for winter. The press service of the International Organization for Migration told Rubryka that the EU's funding of €20.8 million will enable the IOM to assist around 220,000 people in need.

The support will be provided safely and in a coordinated manner in areas affected by hostilities, especially in the south and east of Ukraine.

"With the support of the European Union, IOM can provide essential items, repair war-damaged housing, supply people with solid fuel before winter, and meet other urgent needs of those affected by the war in Ukraine," said Alessia Schiavon, Head of the IOM Office in Ukraine.

"The European Union remains committed to addressing the urgent humanitarian needs of Ukrainians affected by this destructive war. As winter exacerbates the challenges faced by the brave people of Ukraine, the EU, along with its humanitarian partners, is ready to support and provide necessary assistance to the most vulnerable," said Claudia Amaral, Head of the EU Humanitarian Support Office in Ukraine.

According to a recent IOM survey, internally displaced persons (IDPs) reported that they primarily lack financial resources (74% of surveyed IDPs and 58% of returnees), portable batteries and generators (57% of surveyed IDPs and 49% of returnees), and warm clothing and blankets (46% of surveyed IDPs and 24% of returnees). In response to these requests, the IOM will help strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities during the coldest months of the year.

With EU funding, the IOM will repair 5,690 damaged houses and apartments, including those in hard-to-reach places and areas that have returned under Ukraine's control. The IOM will also repair at least 38 collective centers and social institutions. Over 1,700 households, including people living near the front line, will be provided with solid fuel for heating. The IOM will also improve water supply, drainage, and heating systems and provide thermal blankets, bedding sets, mattresses, and hygiene items to assist vulnerable populations in Ukraine.


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