According to the United Nations, the war in Ukraine has already forced ten million people to flee, about a third of them abroad. According to the Interior Ministry, some 218,000 refugees have arrived in Germany so far. As there are no border controls, the number is likely to be significantly higher. According to “Bild am Sonntag”, the government is preparing to bring one million people from Ukraine to Germany for a longer period of time. The German Association of Cities calls for a better distribution of refugees in the country in order to give relief to individual large cities. Bundestag Vice-President Göring-Eckardt (Greens) called for better and faster help for Ukrainians who come to Germany in the “Bild am Sonntag”. What is needed is coordination through a “National Crisis Team in the Chancellery”, in which all the strands come together, including coordination with federal states. Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) announced an increased police presence in train stations, to protect Ukrainian women from sexual offenses.
Escape corridors need to be reopened
According to local authorities, the situation in some of the attacked cities in Ukraine is dramatic. According to the city council, nearly 40,000 people managed to escape from besieged Mariupol in Zaporizhia in one week, nearly ten percent of all residents. According to Deputy Prime Minister Vereshchuk, there are still seven escape corridors in Ukraine.
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