10 Mar 2022 18:04

Over 100,000 refugees from Ukraine still in Moldova - Chisinau

CHISINAU. March 10 (Interfax) - More than 100,000 refugees from Ukraine currently remain in Moldova, head of the Moldovan Interior Ministry's General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations Alexandru Oprea said.

"(From February 24 to March 10) 270,306 Ukrainians arrived in Moldova. Of these, 105,574 are in the country, while the rest crossed its territory in transit. As many as 495 people left Moldova on special flights," Oprea said at a press briefing on Thursday.

In total, 3,433 foreigners applied for asylum to the Bureau for Migration and Asylum in 15 days, he said. "Of these, about 1,500 are Ukrainian citizens, and the rest are citizens of other countries who evacuated from Ukraine," Oprea said.

He emphasized that Moldova has the highest concentration of refugees among the countries receiving refugees from Ukraine based on the country's population. In this regard, "green corridors" for the transit of refugees and repatriation flights for refugees from Ukraine began to operate in Moldova.

Due to the situation in Ukraine, the Moldovan parliament declared a state of emergency in the country for 60 days starting February 24.