Over 967,000 people who have fled the war in Ukraine have come to Germany
25 August 2022
According to the Central Register of Foreigners, since 24 February 2022, when Russia launched its war of aggression on Ukraine in violation of international law, 967,546 persons have fled to Germany from Ukraine, at least temporarily (as at 21 August 2022). Around 36 per cent are children and young people (351,061 people under 18 years of age), with the majority being of primary school age.
Speaking about these numbers, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser said: “I am very proud of the humanity and willingness to help demonstrated by our country. More than 967,000 war refugees have come to Germany since Russia launched its terrible war of aggression on Ukraine half a year ago. The majority are women and children whose families have been torn apart. Many in our society have gone above and beyond to help war refugees. This is a humanitarian feat that shows great solidarity with Ukraine. I would like to sincerely thank everyone in the federal, state and local governments as well as the countless initiatives working to help refugees from Ukraine.
We are currently experiencing the largest wave of refugees in Europe since the Second World War. In this dramatic situation, we in Europe have managed to work together as one to take in war refugees quickly and without complicated bureaucratic procedures – an unprecedented achievement. Together we have saved many lives.
We want to continue to give war refugees hope, stability and prospects. To achieve this, we have significantly expanded our integration courses, while the Jobcenters provide financial aid, job placements and assistance in finding childcare. The possibility to start work immediately means that women refugees in particular can quickly become independent. We will continue to do our utmost to support war refugees.”
Of the 967,546 refugees from Ukraine recorded in the Central Register for Foreigners since 24 February 2022, around 97% are Ukrainian nationals. Around 74% of all adults arriving in Germany are women and around 8% of the total number of refugees are older people over 64 years of age.
A considerable number of the refugees recorded in Germany may have already moved on to other EU countries or returned to Ukraine. As a result, 967,546 depicts the number of people who have temporarily stayed or have remained in Germany since the outbreak of war.
According to the UNHCR, around 3.8 million war refugees in total have left other European countries to return to Ukraine, at least temporarily.
The Federal Police estimate that there are currently around 700 refugees from Ukraine entering Germany every day.
The Federal Government has set up a website – Germany4Ukraine.de – which provides information and access to extensive support services for refugees from Ukraine in Ukrainian, Russian, English and German. As well as practical advice about accommodation, medical care and mobility services, the website also provides information on integration and language courses, job placement services and special services for women and children.