Eastern Europe’s Passport Demand Surges amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict

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By Lucas Stewart | 3Q 2022 | IN-6632


Russia-Ukraine Conflict Drives Eastern European Passport Demand


The Russia-Ukraine conflict has necessitated Ukrainian citizens’ passport ownership. Millions of Ukrainian citizens continue to flee the country in response to the conflict, driving a major passport demand surge. Additionally, adjacent Eastern European countries are seeing similarly increased demand as citizens see passport ownership become a necessary measure should the conflict worsen and a prompt exit from their country be required. This includes Poland, Romania, and Hungary, where demand has increased upward of 300% since the beginning of the year, contributing to ABI Research’s figure for European shipments in 2022 exceeding that of 2019 following a 2-year slowdown for the passport market.

Growing Difficulty for Passport Vendors to Meet Demand


The Russia-Ukraine conflict has had a twofold effect on the government ID market. First, as described, Eastern Europe has seen a resultant demand increase for passports due to refugee migration and the anticipation of a potential need to mi…

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