Policy Brief: Benefits, employment, sponsorship, and other issues for Ukrainian parolees one year after Russia’s invasion

By USCRI February 28, 2023

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine—with its military launching missile and rocket attacks in cities across Ukraine and its ground troops moving in from the north, east, and south into Ukrainian territory. One year later, the war has created vast humanitarian needs. The United Nations estimates that 17.6 million people will need humanitarian assistance in Ukraine in 2023, including 6.3 million internally displaced people, 6.9 million people who remain in their homes, and 4.4 million returnees, according to the year’s humanitarian action plan.

The invasion and subsequent war have displaced millions of people across Europe. Thousands of others have sought shelter in the United States under a program called Uniting for Ukraine, which exists outside of the standing U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Uniting for Ukraine has enabled the rapid resettlement of Ukrainians across the country, but the program has presented other challenges in the resettlement space.

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