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  • Net migration from Ukraine drops sharply from 2022 peak, remains above pre-war levels.

Wiesbaden, Germany – The year 2023 marked a notable decrease in Ukrainian migration to Germany, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The data, derived from a special evaluation of preliminary migration statistics, shows a substantial reduction in the influx of Ukrainian migrants compared to the previous year.

In 2023, approximately 277,000 arrivals from Ukraine were recorded, a sharp contrast to the 1.1 million arrivals in 2022 following the onset of the Russian-Ukrainian war on February 24, 2022. Additionally, there were 156,000 departures back to Ukraine, resulting in a net migration figure of 121,000 people. This figure is significantly lower than the net migration of 960,000 witnessed in 2022.

Despite the decline, the net migration numbers for 2023 remain higher than those in the years preceding the Russian military aggression (2021: +6,000, 2020: +5,000, 2019: +7,000). This suggests that while the intense wave of migration seen in the immediate aftermath of the war’s onset has subsided, the movement of people from Ukraine to Germany is still above the normal levels seen in the pre-war years.

The decrease in migration from Ukraine in 2023 reflects a stabilization of the initial urgent movement of refugees and possibly the impact of the evolving situation in Ukraine. The data indicates a gradual shift from the emergency phase of migration to a more stable pattern of movement between the two countries.

The change in Ukrainian migration to Germany from 2022 to 2023 highlights the dynamic nature of migration flows, influenced by geopolitical events and their subsequent developments.

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By Silvia Orfeo

Silvia Orfeo is a Sr. Politics and Economics Reporter at Nobot.News

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