Pablo Mateu: Ukraine should consider accepting more refugees

21 February 2019, 15:55

UNHCR Representative in Ukraine, Pablo Mateu, believes that Ukraine should consider accepting more migrants and refugees. He spoke about this at the 7th Youth Kyiv Security Forum, organized by Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.

"In the near future you might find yourself needing people. Since a lot of Ukrainians move abroad, with time you might start needing people. So why not? Maybe in the future you too will share this burden and accept more refugees", – he said.

Mateu noted that right now there are 3, 2000 refugees in Ukraine, while the number of refugees and displaced persons in the world is 69.5 million. He added that accepting refuges would help fill out the Pension Fund, would add to the capable work force and would correspond with European values.


Youth Kyiv Security Forum is a platform for young experts to discuss relevant issues regarding international relations and Ukraine’s foreign policy. The goal of the forum is to strengthen the role of a new generation of experts and improve their ability to participate in the process of political analysis and development.

During this year's two-day Forum, representatives from every region of Ukraine, as well as young specialists from Georgia, Germany and Poland will discuss the current challenges faced by international organizations (EU, NATO, OSCE, UN, CE). As a result, the participants will present an alternative view on the activities of these organizations.