Reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) into communities and ensuring all rights of citizens living in temporarily occupied territories (TOT), as well as their reintegration into the legal and cultural environment of Ukraine was called one of the strategic goals in work of the Ministry by Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Koliada during the presentation of the regular round of survey conducted by the Ukrainian International Organization for Migration (IOM) on the situation of IDPs in Ukraine.
"Studying the problems and needs of internally displaced persons in Ukraine will allow us to understand in which direction we can move on and what assistance, what services we must provide in the near future," Oksana Koliada said.
Kateryna Ardanian, Program Manager, IOM Mission in Ukraine, said that the organization she represents expresses readiness to continue to support the Government and the people of Ukraine in addressing problems arising from long-term displacement and in finding long-term solutions for communities affected by conflict.
"The results of regular IOM surveys confirm that humanitarian support needs to be continued while working to reduce risks and vulnerabilities proves necessary, and that requires effective cooperation in combining humanitarian issues with development issues," said Kateryna Ardanian.
Oksana Koliada urged all interested to join in discussing the implementation of the relevant plan, which will be published on the official website of the Ministry in the near future: “Our Ministry is open to cooperation with NGOs. We will not do anything without the opinions of those we are working for, so I encourage anyone working on the issue of internally displaced persons or securing the rights or interests of those living in a temporarily occupied territory to join our team and work in synergy with us”.