As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its third year, Ukrainian refugees face the daunting prospect of lasting exile, with hopes of returning home diminishing amidst ongoing conflict and uncertain prospects for peace. The story of families like Iryna, Maryna, and Katya, who fled their homes in southern Ukraine at the start of the war, reflects the struggles of millions who have been displaced.
Despite initial hopes of a swift return, relentless bombings and continued instability have dashed their expectations. While countries like Germany and Poland host significant numbers of Ukrainian refugees, the challenges of integration and uncertainty about the future persist. While temporary protection status provides some relief, experts emphasize the need for a more permanent solution to ensure the well-being and stability of Ukrainian refugees in Europe.