Homeward: Express mapping of the needs and expectations of internally displaced persons in Lviv oblast (2022)

Lviv oblast is one of the key Ukrainian regions that sheltered internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing their homes because of russia’s military invasion on Ukraine. As of June 3, 2022, 242,000 IDPs were officially registered in the region, including 75,000 children, 110,000 working-age persons, over 30,000 pensioners, and 8,000 persons with disabilities. However, the number of IDPs living in Lviv region is much higher. As of May 2022, the regional government estimated a total number of 500,000 IDPs.

In order to plan future strategies for the integration of IDPs, it is necessary to have detailed information not only on quantitative characteristics, but also on key needs and expectations of IDPs, their assessment of meeting their needs today, as well as planning of IDPs’ actions for the future (in case of liberation of their territories, completion of hostilities in general, intentions and opportunities for returning home, accommodation in the Lviv region, etc.). Such information is useful for local authorities as well as for international humanitarian organizations, donors, and public and volunteer initiatives that plan to work on IDP issues, such as housing, living conditions, social integration, employment, etc.

This policy brief contains the results of a study of the needs and plans of internally displaced persons in Lviv oblast. The document presents a general description of the profile of IDPs in Lviv region; it describes the main needs of IDPs, in particular, the provision of housing, humanitarian and financial support, the satisfaction of special needs, professional life, business and social activity of IDPs, as well as planning for the future. It also presents the recommendations for target audiences.

This publication was produced with the support of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation within the framework of the EU4USociety project. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation.

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