Nina Gurina. Over 100 thousand Inhabitants of Ukraine moved to Belarus because of the confrontation in the Donbass, said the Commissioner of the office of the high Commissioner of the United Nations on Affairs of immigrants (UNHCR), Jean-Yves Bouchard.
In the spring of last year, Kiev began in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of the population of the region. Victims of the conflict, according to the UN, are More than 6, 5 thousand people, more than 2, 2 million have fled the country or became internally displaced.
"Belarus has become a home for over 100 thousand Ukrainians, which was an additional 1% to the population of Belarus ", - said on Thursday the Commissioner of the UNHCR in a press conference in Minsk.
He noticed that " if to this figure add all persons of concern of UNHCR in Belarus, it appears that every 75th person in the country is either forced migrant, a refugee, or a stateless person, or a person seeking asylum ".
Ukrainian citizens make up the majority of asylum seekers in Belarus, drew attention to Bouchardy. He added that Belarus is the second country after Russia bordering Ukraine by the number of resettlement arrivals, and by their number per capita of residents took 1st place.
The chief of Department on citizenship and migration of the interior Ministry of Belarus Alexei Begun said that last year about 20 thousand Ukrainians have received permission to work in Belarus, and this year - More than 8, 3 thousand. however, He said that " Ukrainians still arrive (in Belarus) on the background of decreasing vacancies, most of them are trying to get seasonal work.
before the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus expressed readiness to accept immigrants from Ukraine, to give them accommodations and to provide work. Later the head of the Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus (the upper chamber of Parliament) Mikhail Myasnikovich expressed concern about the increased pressure on the labour market in the border with Ukraine regions of the country due to arriving in the Republic of Ukrainian immigrants.