Thousands of people living in Ukraine have been forced to protect themselves and their families by seeking safety in neighbouring countries after Russia invaded, and more are expected to do so in the coming days.
The response by receiving countries needs to be immediate and must protect human rights.
Here are 5 ‘golden rules’ that all States should follow:
1. Treat everyone equally
Anyone fleeing Ukraine should be given protection without discrimination.
2. Humanity first
Provide people with humane reception conditions and care according to their specific needs.
3. Keep all families together
Both at the border and by uniting them in Europe.
4. Cut the red tape
Get people to safety immediately, keeping the borders open and suspending entry requirements.
5. Share responsibility
At European and international level for receiving and relocating people fleeing danger. This way more people will get to safety, faster.