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Survey: Ukraine refugees struggle with money, jobs and health

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Millions of people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian war of aggression. But even once they have saved life and limb, all is not well.

According to a large survey in the European Union, refugees from Ukraine suffer from money worries, problems on the job market and the psychological effects of the war. Almost half of the respondents stated that they were often depressed or depressed, according to the study, which was published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna.

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Around 14,700 refugees in ten major receiving countries, including Poland, Germany, Romania and Spain, took part in the survey last August and September.

Half of the participants reported problems making ends meet with their money. According to the study, a lack of language skills is one of the biggest obstacles in the job market. For women, who make up the vast majority of refugees, childcare is often an additional hurdle.

Many reports of exploitation

Only a third of youth and adults had paid work. Among the refugee workers, 30 percent reported exploitation, mostly in factories and on construction sites.

More than a third said they wanted to return to Ukraine in the long term. The proportion of refugees who want to stay in their host country was highest in Germany at 42 percent. Among the ten surveyed countries, Germany also had the highest rates of Ukrainians in government-organized accommodation and in language courses. On the other hand, nowhere else did so few refugees work as in Germany.

Source: Stern

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