Republic of Moldova — Crossing Back Surveys with Ukrainian Nationals (July - September 2023)




DTM Europe,
Period Covered
Jul 01 2023
Sep 30 2023
  • Survey
  • Return Intention

Since 24 February 2022, refugees from Ukraine and Third Country Nationals (TCNs) have been fleeing to neighbouring countries as a result of the war. IOM has deployed its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) tools since mid-April 2022 to collect individual surveys in neighbouring countries with persons crossing into Ukraine, with the aim to improve the understanding of main profiles, displacement patterns, intentions and needs of those moving into Ukraine.

This report is based on surveys collected in the Republic of Moldova between 01 July 2023 and 30 September 2023 in two border crossing points with Ukraine, Otaci and Palanca.


Key Findings

  • Top 3 countries of stay abroad: Republic of Moldova (48%), Romania (11%), Türkiye (7%)
  • Top oblasts of origin: Odeska oblast (35%), Kyiv city and Kyivska (22%), Mykolaivska oblast (7%)
  • Intended destinations: going to same oblast of origin (92%), to a different oblast (8%) - mainly to Kyiv city, Vinnytska, and Odeska
  • Intentions upon crossing back: long-term stay (58%), short-term visit (38%), don't know (4%)
  • Top needs upon crossing back:* financial support (22%), medicines and health services (9%), support with personal safety and security (8%)
  • Top areas of assistance received:* food products and meals (29%), financial support (28%), NFI/hygiene items (8%), accommodation (7%).

* More than one answer possible