Russia’s war in Ukraine has forced more than fourteen million people from their homes. With the international community mobilising to distribute relief and essential services, we are supporting our partners by providing temporary shelters for the growing displaced population in Ukraine and in the neighbouring countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
The emergency in Central and Eastern Europe
Ukraine has been in a precarious security situation since 2014, following the Russian annexation of Crimea in eastern Ukraine. The situation escalated to a fully armed conflict when Russia launched a military offensive in February 2022, directly affecting at least eight oblasts (regions) in Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, and exacerbating the crisis in the eastern oblasts Donetsk and Luhansk.
Already with thousands of civilian casualties and a massive displacement event, the UN estimates that 28 million people will need humanitarian assistance within Ukraine.
Since UNHCR declared the conflict in Ukraine a level 3 emergency, we have been supporting our partners’ humanitarian initiatives by providing RHUs to shelter the growing displaced Ukrainian population. So far, we have delivered more than 4000 RHU units to different locations in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries.
RHU units delivered to our partners as of June 2022
UNHCR building RHUs in Ukraine while civilians recover their homes
UNHCR High Commissioner visits families who lost everything in Ukraine
UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi visited a family in the Nalyvaikivka village within the Kyiv Oblast in Ukraine. The family escaped two missile attacks targeting Kyiv, but their home was destroyed and they lost everything. They are currently living in an RHU while they rebuild their home, brick-by-brick.
4,000 units funded by EU to shelter 20,000 refugees across Europe
With funding from rescEU, an upgraded unit of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Commission funded 4,000 RHUs, with the capacity to shelter 20,000 people. Currently in stockpile reserve to be implemented by the summer of 2022, the RHUs will be delivered and installed by the Swedish Contingencies Agency (MSB) for immediate protection until the establishment of long-term housing solutions.
RHUs ensuring distribution of essential services as Blue Dots in Poland
The modest town of Medyka in the less prosperous southeast region of Poland has welcomed a large share of Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the war. Medyka is largely a transit stop, as refugees continue their journey towards the larger cities in Poland. UNHCR and UNICEF installed 2 RHUs as Blue Dots hubs to increase reception capacity, putting the RHUs to use as a protection office and child-friendly space.
500 units delivered to support national response in Czechia
Immediate dispatch from Poland
Our temporary shelters are produced in accordance with EU standards, and stored in our warehouse in Gdańsk, Poland, less than 1000 kilometres from the western Ukrainian border. They can be dispatched immediately for rapid deployment where they are needed the most.
We are regularly monitoring updates on the situation in Ukraine, and are ready to support our partners in Central and Eastern Europe. Contact us today to learn more about our support and technical assistance.
Lucia Arias Kapetinic
Partnerships Manager (Americas, Africa, Europe)
Märta Aretakis Terne
Head of Communications
Tim de Haas
Head of Technology