UNICEF ECARO Humanitarian Situation Report No. 17 (Response in refugee-hosting countries) 7 September – 4 October 2022 – Poland

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• Over 7.6 million Ukrainian refugees are registered across Europe, of which 4.2 million are registered for temporary or similar national protection schemes. i Refugee movements continue, evolving with conflict and seasonal dynamics. The number of refugees expected for 2022 has been revised upwards to 9.6 million under the recently recalibrated refugee response plan.

• The onset of winter is expected to slow returns, induce new refugee flows and bring harsher conditions in host countries, compounding challenges for already vulnerable refugee populations.

• In the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovakia alone, 799,967 people are currently targeted in municipalities receiving UNICEF assistance through national systems to ensure refugees have access to essential services . 36 new partnerships were established with national and sub-national authorities to support the extension of quality social services to refugee children.

• In targeted countries, 8,260,995 people have so far been reached with messages on prevention and access to services; 361,671 children benefited from formal and non-formal education, including early learning; 262,832 children and caregivers received mental health, psychosocial support and other protective services and 166,375 women and children accessed primary health care through UNICEF support.

• Significant efforts continue to ensure vulnerable families with children have access to multi-purpose humanitarian cash transfers, with 37,421 households reached so far and plans underway to scale up cash assistance for winter needs

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