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News article18 December 2023Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

2023 Atlas of Migration confirms continued strong EU support to Ukrainians fleeing the war


Today, on the occasion of International Migrants' Day, the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) released a new edition of the Atlas of Migration, an online tool providing the latest harmonised and validated data on migration for the 27 EU Member States and for 171 countries and territories around the world.

The 2023 edition features a special thematic section on EU solidarity trends towards people displaced from Ukraine. It shows that the determination and resilience of Europeans to support Ukraine and the displaced people remains strong at EU level. This coincides with results of August 2023 Eurobarometer survey showing that 79% of people  are in favour of welcoming people fleeing the war to the EU.

Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, said: “Policies must be based on facts and evidence, and migration is no exception. This is why our Atlas of Migration is so valuable. It helps policymakers grasp the challenges and opportunities linked to migration. This year's edition focuses on people fleeing the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, and it's heartening to see that the solidarity of Europeans remains high.”

With its wide range of information on key migration topics including on the evolution of migratory movements over time, the Atlas is a valuable reference tool for EU decision makers, researchers and others. Embracing scientific data and evidence enables them to navigate the complexities of migration more effectively, aiming for inclusive and sustainable policies that benefit both migrants and host communities in the EU and worldwide. The data is displayed in user-friendly interactive charts and visualisations.

(For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 2 295 86 15; Flore Boutier – Tél: +32 2 296 60 43)