85% of Ukrainians who were forced to leave their homes because of the war intend to return. At the same time, 6% of respondents said that they would not return home.
This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group. UNIAN writes.
As noted, the number of respondents who were forced to leave their place of permanent residence as of February 24, 2022 has slightly increased. The growth is due to the increase in the number of internally displaced persons from the eastern and southern regions.
“85% of the respondents expressed their intention to return home: 21% – in the near future, 19% – want to return, but will wait, 45% – will return, but after the end of the war. Only 6% indicated that they would not return home. Compared to July of this year, the number of those who plan to return immediately has increased, and those who will return after the war, or will not return at all, has decreased,” the survey says.
The survey also shows that the gradual return of citizens to their workplaces continues.
“Today, 38% of those who worked before the war have returned to their regular jobs, 18% are working remotely, and 7% have found a new place of work. Despite this, a third of such respondents are still not working. Most of the latter are among the youngest and oldest respondents, women, residents of the east. This survey, for the first time, recorded positive trends in returning to work among residents of the South and East. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that regional identification takes place at the place of residence until February 24, 2022,” the research results state.
The survey was conducted on October 8-9 among the population of Ukraine aged 18 and older in all regions, except for the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas, as well as territories where there is no Ukrainian mobile connection at the time of the survey. The results are weighted using current data from the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. The sample is representative in terms of age, gender and type of settlement. Sample population: 1000 respondents. Survey method: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews). The error of representativeness of the study with a confidence probability of 0.95: no more than 3.1%.
Ukrainian refugees in Europe: what is known
After the start of the Russian war against Ukraine, EU countries launched a directive to accept refugees. Those seeking protection in the EU do not need to go through a lengthy asylum procedure. In addition, Ukrainians have direct rights to social benefits, education, housing and a work permit.
The European Commission will extend the rules for accepting and providing protection to Ukrainian refugees for another year.
In general, the number of refugees from Ukraine with the status of temporary protection in Europe reached almost 4.2 million.