Annually about 2-3 thousand local residents leave the Russian-occupied Crimea, according to the First Deputy Minister on issues of temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine Yusuf Kurkchi.

“Some people permanently leave the Crimea, some people come back ... I do not want to be untrue, but if we speak about 2-3 thousand people a year, this may be close to the truth. The dynamics shows that still the balance of those who leave the Crimea is greater than those displaced persons who later return on the peninsula," he said.

Kurkchi emphasized, that because of an aggravating situation in Donbas in the near future the quantity of internal immigrants from Donbas can increase.

“Actually, the phenomenon of migration and the dynamics of these migration processes, if we talk about the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, depend on the intensity of military operations. If we talk about the aggravation of the situation along the confrontation line, then, of course, in the near future the number of people who will leave to ensure security for their family will increase," he said.

The First Deputy Minister went on saying that a permanent large-scale migration is observed in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Kurkchi noted that according to the UN, the number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine is about 1.5 million people.

QHA reported that the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine named the number of registered IDPs from temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas. As of April 23, 2018, 1 million 496 thousand 713 internally displaced persons were registered.

Source: Ukrinform