Ukrainians forced to leave abroad after the full-scale invasion by Russia can make a significant contribution to Ukraine, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, as reported by Ukrinform.
Grandi emphasized that new members of the Ukrainian diaspora can help Ukraine, particularly through financial remittances or acquiring valuable skills for the country’s post-war reconstruction.
“I would lean towards considering this as an opportunity as well. The diaspora can significantly contribute to the country through financial remittances or acquiring valuable skills useful for reconstructing Ukraine,” said the United Nations High Commissioner.
Grandi called on Ukrainians to unite. The UN representative believes it is important for Ukrainians not to increase hostility towards those who have left the country.
“I was asked in Odesa: we are here, fighting and suffering from air strikes, so what do we care about those who are safe outside the country with the support of relevant governments? I advised them never to judge people. Not everyone makes their choice independently, and someone has decided to seek safety abroad, while others have not,” said Grandi.
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