How EU Countries Treat Ukrainians Avoiding Mobilization and How Many of the Draft Dodgers are There?
By Geopolitics Live
Estimates suggest nearly 600,000 Ukrainian draft dodgers are currently in the EU. Germany hosts the largest number, over 200,000, followed by Poland with around 80,000, and Austria with 14,000.
Germany refuses to extradite Ukrainians who left the country to Kiev for mobilization, German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said.
Similarly, Austria’s Interior Ministry announced it would not extradite Ukrainians eligible for military service back to Kiev.
In Poland, police spokesperson Mariusz Ciarka indicated that extradition would only occur if Ukraine formally requests it for each individual.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov recently expressed in Western media his desire to mobilize Ukrainians living abroad, specifically men aged 25-60.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously mentioned the need to mobilize 450,000-500,000 people for the army.
Mikhail Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian President’s Office, suggested that Ukrainians avoiding mobilization abroad should lose benefits or residence permits in their host countries.
Public response: These statements have sparked considerable debate in Ukraine, with active discussions on social media. A notable development is a petition on the Ukrainian president’s website demanding the mobilization of officials and lawmakers.