Situation in Ukraine

What is UNHCR doing in Ukraine and neighbouring countries?

UNHCR remains resolutely committed to supporting all affected persons in Ukraine and countries in the region. UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, as well as providing humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and practicable. 

UNHCR is also working with governments in the region, calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection. We have also stepped up our operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Persons wanting to access information on the current situation in Ukraine should visit the UNHCR Ukraine ‘HELP’ page.

If you have fled Ukraine and need information on how UNHCR can help, please visit the HELP page for the country you are in: Hungary – Poland – Romania – Slovakia – any other country. If you are in the European Union, please also refer to the EU webpage ‘Information for people fleeing the war in Ukraine’.

What is Australia’s response to the situation in Ukraine?

The Government of Australia has announced that it will prioritise the processing of visa applications from Ukrainian nationals, particularly for those with a connection to Australia.

The Australian Government has visa options that may be available to Ukrainian nationals. More information can be found at the Australian Government’s ‘Ukraine Visa Support’ and ‘Further Visa Support for Ukrainians’ webpages.

I am a Ukrainian national in Australia needing assistance with accommodation or financial support. What should I do?

If you are a Ukrainian national in Australia and concerned about access to accommodation and financial support, you may wish to contact a Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) service provider in the state or territory in which you are located. To access the list of such providers, please see the Australian Government’s HSP service provider page.

The Australian Federation for Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO) also provides assistance to newly arrived Ukrainian nationals. To find out more, please refer to their website: Australian Federation for Ukrainian Organisations.

Please note that UNHCR in Australia is not able to provide material assistance to persons fleeing Ukraine.