9,000 Ukrainians granted asylum permits last month; nearly a million migrants live in Greece


In April 2022, 7,759 Ukrainians arrived in Greece, more than 13,000 electronic applications to pre-register for temporary protection (asylum) were submitted, while almost 9,000 temporary protection permit cards were issued, according to data from the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

Of the Ukrainians who arrived in April, 20.4% were minors, 26% were aged 18-34 and 53.6% over 35 years old. Of these, 25% arrived by air and the rest via the land borders.

As of April 30, 13,147 electronic pre-registration applications for temporary protection for Ukrainians had been submitted, while 8,880 temporary protection cards had been issued.

A total of 917,281 migrants and refugees legally resided in Greece in April 2022, of whom 24% were EU citizens and expatriates, 70% were third-country nationals with a residence permit and 6% were refugees with active residence permits.

More than 18,000 Ukrainians held a valid Greek residence permit by the end of 2020, and more than 4,000 in the case of Cyprus according to the latest data from Eurostat.

Specifically, 18,745 Ukrainians in Greece and 4,151 Ukrainians in Cyprus, were recorded with valid residence permits by the end of 2020.

At the end of 2020, 1.35 million Ukrainian citizens held a valid residence permit of an EU Member State, representing the third-largest group of non-EU nationals in the EU, after Morocco and Turkey. Of these, slightly over 1 million held a residence permit with a duration longer than or equal to 12 months.

Compared with the population of each Member State, the highest ratio of Ukrainian citizens with a valid residence permit at the end of 2020 was recorded in Czechia (15 residence permit holders per thousand inhabitants), followed by Poland (13), Lithuania (11) and Estonia (around 10). The lowest ratio was recorded in Romania (0.1 residence permit holders per thousand inhabitants), followed by France (0.2), the Netherlands and Ireland (both 0.4).

Ukrainian citizens map 2020