A simple map showing the shape of Moldova


Moldova has one of the smallest economies in Europe. For this reason, emigration has been significantly more prevalent than immigration. However, around half a million Ukrainian refugees had crossed the border into Moldova by the beginning of June. Most of them moved on to other countries for refuge, while around 93,000 have stayed in Moldova. In interviews with Ukrainian refugees at entry/exit border control points, the highest needs requested by people were “financial support” (30%), followed by “medicines and health services” (14%) and “employment/job” (10%).

Government Response

The government of Moldova does not usually provide all of the types of services that refugees need, so some responsibility falls on the local citizens, grassroots groups, and volunteers in Moldova. An example is the need for transportation, which local people have started providing. Most of the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Moldova are women because of Ukraine’s conscription requirement that most men stay, and vulnerability to sexual exploitation and trafficking is an enormous concern.


Apparent Russian plan to 'destabilize' Moldova


Media outlets report having discovered a Russian document that outlines a 10-year plan to destabilize Moldova, including “opposition to cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and NATO.”

Pro-Russia protesters arrested


Police arrested seven people for allegedly plotting to cause “mass disorder” during an anti-government protest. Moldova says those arrested were part of Russia’s ongoing attempt to destabilize its country, which continues to suffer an energy crisis and high inflation amid the war in neighbouring Ukraine.