IOM Launches Cash Assistance Program in Ukraine

Lvov/Ukraine – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is launching its massive cash program in Ukraine to support the most vulnerable families forced to flee their homes in areas affected by hostilities.

With seed funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Fund (CERF), the European Union, Canada, Germany and the United States Agency for International Development Humanitarian Office ( USAID), IOM’s cash program will cover several regions of Ukraine in coordination with local authorities and other humanitarian actors.

The Zakarpattia region will be the first area to be covered with the aim of reaching 40,000 people with cash amounts transferred to them through the post office and other financial service providers in Ukraine, in coordination with the administration of the oblast and its department of social policy.

Assistance will be provided to the most vulnerable groups among IDPs and host communities, such as pregnant and single women, families with two or more children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

According to IOM’s representative national displacement survey, conducted between 9 and 16 March, since the start of the war, nearly 6.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes and resettle in other regions of the country. Ukraine’s western oblasts remain the main destination for newly displaced people.

Local authorities estimate that around 500,000 displaced people have reached the Transcarpathia region so far.

“Multipurpose cash assistance in Zakarpattia and other regions will help the most vulnerable communities meet their basic needs in a dignified and self-sufficient way, while indirectly supporting the local economy at the host community level said Marco Chimenton, IOM Ukraine Emergency Coordinator. .

In addition to Zakarpattia, the IOM Mission in Ukraine has also established its operational presence in Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Vinnytsia to support multi-sectoral, life-saving and life-saving humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons, host communities and other conflicts. -the groups concerned, including migrants stranded in Ukraine and who will need help to ensure their safety during and after crossing borders with the EU.

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For more information please contact:

Safa Msehli, Email: [email protected], Tel: +4179 403 5526, or Paul Dillon, Email: [email protected], Tel: +41796369874

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