Ukraine’s refugee crisis is a demographic crisis, too

Family Inequality

Putin’s war against Ukraine is a grotesque atrocity and a crime against humanity. This is one aspect of it.

The rate at which people are fleeing Putin’s war in Ukraine is astounding. According to UN estimates, 2.2 million people entered neighboring countries in the first 14 days of the war. To help communicate the magnitude of this human tide, I made this figure, which shows the refugee population as a total number, and as a percentage of Ukraine’s prewar population. For comparison, I added some relevant data points from US cities and states. More people have fled Ukraine than live in Nebraska. In relative terms, it’s more than the population of Pennsylvania.

Of course, we have no idea how many of these refugees will return to Ukraine in the future, so the long term effect is unknowable. But I assume as more of the country they have left behind…

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