Although there is a lack of apartments and daycare places in some places, solidarity with the refugees from Ukraine is still unbroken. The view of the sanctions against Russia has not changed either.
Even a year after the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the majority of people in Germany are still willing to help Ukrainian refugees. This is the result of a study by the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DEZIM). The study, which is available to the German Press Agency and is based on a series of representative surveys, also shows that there is strong public support for the economic sanctions against Russia.
The researchers had asked the participants in the study last month whether they would support a renewed tightening of these sanctions – even if this would involve additional costs for them. 62 percent of those surveyed said yes. As in a previous survey last July, the majority of supporters of all parties were in favor of tougher sanctions – with the exception of supporters of the AfD.
Among those surveyed who stated that they intended to vote for the Greens in the next election, the willingness to support tougher sanctions despite the additional costs was highest. Three out of four supporters of the Greens and almost two thirds of the supporters of the SPD were in favor of it. A slightly lower value was measured for the supporters of the CDU, CSU, FDP and Left Party, but it was still around 60 percent.
Willingness to support still high
Only those who named the AfD when asked about their intention to vote mostly took a different view. Only around one in four supporters of the party (24 percent) would support a tightening of sanctions against Russia despite the additional costs.
According to the study, the willingness of the population in Germany to provide material and practical help to war refugees from the Ukraine is still very high. 57 percent of those surveyed can imagine donating money. A few days after the start of the war, this value was slightly higher (67 percent). In the second survey last July, a good half (53 percent) of the population could imagine giving money. The proportion of people who are thinking about volunteering for refugees from Ukraine developed similarly. In January, that was an option for 46 percent of those surveyed.
Refugees were initially accommodated by private individuals
After all, 16 percent of the participants in the survey said they were willing to temporarily take in refugees from Ukraine at home. This value has remained stable compared to the survey last July. In March 2022, shortly after the start of the war, readiness was even greater (27 percent). The fact that many private individuals took in Ukrainian refugees in the first weeks of the war helped to get the initially chaotic situation under control.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Russia triggered the largest refugee crisis in the world with the attack on the neighboring country on February 24, 2022. Accordingly, a good 4.8 million have a status as those seeking protection, more than 1.5 million of them in Poland. However, the UNHCR also admits that the information on the number of people seeking protection is inaccurate, as multiple reports are also recorded in several countries. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, around 1.06 million people – mainly women and children – who have fled Ukraine since February 24, 2022, are currently living in Germany.
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