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Support for Ukrainian Refugees to Be Discussed at Helsinki Commission Hearing

WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:

SUPPORTING UKRAINIAN REFUGEES
U.S. Policy and Visa Issuance

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
2:30 p.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room 562

Watch live: www.youtube.com/HelsinkiCommission

More than 6 million Ukrainians have had to flee their country due to Russia’s brutal war of aggression. Most have entered bordering EU states, with more than half of those going to Poland. Poland and other frontline countries acted swiftly not only by opening their borders to Ukrainians, but also by enacting policies and legislation to provide them with temporary status, housing, job training, healthcare, and access to education. For its part, the Biden Administration announced that it will take in 100,000 refugees, opening a path for Ukrainians to obtain humanitarian parole in the United States. In addition, the United States has provided significant humanitarian assistance and support to countries hosting refugees.

Nevertheless, as Russia’s bloody assault on Ukraine enters its third month, there is no end in sight to what has become the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. Witnesses will discuss the responses and challenges that frontline countries face in supporting Ukrainian refugees and how the United States might strengthen its policies in response, including by making the process of applying for visas more efficient.

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

Panel 1

  • Dana Francis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration,U.S. Department of State (TBC)

Panel 2

  • H. E. Marek Magierowski, Ambassador of Poland to the United States
  • Irina Manelis, Esq., Principal, Manelis Law

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