Civilizational choice of Ukraine, better salaries and living conditions – factors Ukrainians consider important for returning from abroad
For Ukrainian refugees currently residing in Germany, one of the most critical factors for returning to Ukraine is primarily. At the same time, 55% of refugees are ready to return to Ukraine if they have better living conditions, higher salaries, and favorable business conditions.
Margarita Sytnyk, spokesperson of the EWL Migration Platform, announced this information during the “From Poland to Germany. New Trends in Ukrainian Refugee Migration” survey results conducted in August 2023 by the EWL Migration Platform, the EWL Foundation, and the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw presented at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.
“Several main points are highlighted in these answers. The first is’s civilizational choice of Ukraine joining NATO, joining the EU. That’s according to Ukrainians who are now in Germany. In addition, of course, refugees need to reunite with their families who stayed in Ukraine. And almost 55% say that if Ukraine improves social well-being, workers get paid higher salaries, create business-friendly conditions, they are ready to return to Ukraine,” she explained.
At the same time, according to Margarita Sytnyk, the study showed that 35% of Ukrainian refugees who moved from Poland to Germany plan to stay in this country for at least a year, almost 40% plan to return to Ukraine in the long or short term, 9% want to stay in Germany forever, and 22% is a substantial percentage of those Ukrainian citizens who have not yet decided.
It should be noted that the “From Poland to Germany. New Trends in Ukrainian Refugee Migration” study was conducted in August 2023 by the EWL Migration Platform, the EWL Foundation, and the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw and commissioned by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. 400 Ukrainian citizens who came to Poland after the outbreak of war, received temporary protection status in Poland and then left for Germany were interviewed.
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