Filippo Grandi said the “huge crisis” in Ukraine had reached 84 million people worldwide by the end of 2021, with about 6 million refugees from Ukraine and 8 million internally displaced people.
“Unfortunately, the global displacement crisis is growing. I think it’s an important message … not just Ukraine and the rest of us should not forget,” Grandi said before attending a meeting of EU development ministers in Brussels.
“Firstly because Ukraine affects many other fragile situations, making them more fragile, food security, energy crisis, price rise, instability and then it could lead to further displacement,” he said.
Grandi urged EU members and other countries not to cut foreign development aid due to the high costs associated with the Ukraine crisis, as Sweden has done to address the influx of refugees.
“If we do that and at the same time we weaken the response elsewhere, it will be counterproductive. Then there will be higher costs for us to cover other areas,” he said.