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Estonian Domestic Policy Helps Ukrainian Refugees

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine remains unresolved, refugees from the war-torn communities of the Donbas region are seeking refuge in Estonia. In 2013, Estonia had a population of 23,000 ethnic Ukrainians, comprising the third largest minority group in the country, after Estonians and Russians. In 2014, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Estonia would grant Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Luhansk free, long-term visas. Since the crisis, the number of Ukrainians seeking refuge in Estonia has increased from 675 in 2013 to 1,659 in 2015, making it the largest foreign group to seek residency in Estonia.