Video analysis | The situation of Ukrainian refugees in the EU | International
The invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops has caused a humanitarian crisis in the country without precedent in recent European history. More than one and a half million people have already abandoned their homes to flee the war, and they may reach four million in the coming weeks, according to forecasts by the European Commission. Although the final destination of these families is still unknown, many are seeking protection in the countries of the European Union.
In the video that accompanies this news, the editor of EL PAÍS Lola Hierro —with the help of the legal coordinator of CEAR Paloma Favieres— unravels the keys to the European directive that allows hosting an unlimited number of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. Although this possibility existed since 2001, it had not been activated before, not even during the exodus caused by the Syrian conflict.
Although it is designed for the population that is currently fleeing the country, the Government has assured that it will also protect those Ukrainian nationals who were already in Spain before the outbreak of the conflict and who, as a result of it, cannot return to their homes. As the video reflects, the peninsula has the fourth largest community of Ukrainians in Europe, which could be decisive in making it the destination of choice for many of those who are now fleeing in search of a new country in which to settle and start over. What must be asked now, and what this analysis also seeks to answer, is how the procedure for granting international protection will be developed in a system that is already saturated, and what rights will it guarantee to those who manage to obtain it.
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