5 Mar 2022

Europe has not seen such a refugee crisis since WW2, says UNHCR’s Chris Melzer

Europe Editor and Presenter

Across Ukraine a significant refugee crisis is happening.

Today, the UN said 1.3 million people had fled Ukraine as a result of the conflict.

We spoke to the UNHCR’s Chris Melzer on his phone.

He’s on the Polish border – helping to coordinate the humanitarian response following the influx of refugees from Ukraine.

We asked him how this situation compared with the last major refugee crisis in 2015, when vast numbers of people escaped the conflict in Syria