North Macedonia - Refugees from Ukraine Rapid Impact Assessment, Round #01 (Jul-Aug 2022)
Aug 15 2022
From 24 February to 15 August, it is estimated that around 182,000 Ukrainians entered the Western Balkans (WB) following the
outbreak of the armed conflict in Ukraine. It is estimated that over the period from 24 February to 15 August, nearly 16,000 Ukrainians entered North Macedonia, of which nearly 13,000 left the country. Most of them stay in Skopje, with friends or relatives or by renting houses/apartments. The cities where there is the greatest presence of refugees from Ukraine are Skopje, Bitola, Prilep and Ohrid.
Between 07 July and 15 August, IOM conducted the rapid displacement and needs assessment in North Macedonia in cooperation with the Red Cross in twelve selected locations. The refugees from Ukraine are coming to North Macedonia mainly due to cultural ties, as many have been to the country at other times for tourism reasons but also because the Ukrainian community previously established in the country, despite being small, serves as a pull factor for the ones fleeing their war-torn homeland.