Compared to October 2020, the share of Ukrainians who are ready to leave to live in the US / EU has decreased four times – from 28% to 7%. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted KMIS.
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In October 2020, KIIS conducted an all-Ukrainian telephone survey, which, among other things, posed the question “And if you were now granted US or EU citizenship without conditions, would you go to these countries for permanent residence?” At that time, 28% of all adult Ukrainians were ready to leave to live abroad.
In September 2022, this question was asked again. The share of those who are ready to leave to live in the US/EU has decreased four times – from 28% to 7%. At the same time, from 69% to 91%, there are more of those who would not want to leave even if they receive US/EU citizenship without conditions.
The KIIS notes that it is necessary to take into account: about 10% of adult Ukrainians are now abroad as refugees. However, even if half of them answered “yes” to this question (recent surveys of Ukrainian refugees show that in fact the majority still want to return home, that is, the answers “yes” would most likely be less than half), then the decrease in emigration sentiment would also be significant – from 28% to about 13%.
In all regions of Ukraine, the absolute majority of the population (90-92%) would not want to go abroad. Also, in all regions, compared to 2020, there are much fewer people who would like to leave.
Chart 3 shows the results by age category. Although younger respondents are more willing to emigrate, in fact, among all ages, the vast majority (at least 84%) would not want to go to live in the US/EU.
It is also important that for all ages there is a significant decrease in willingness to move to the US/EU compared to 2020. For example, in 2020, almost half (46%) of young people under 30 would like to leave, now – 13%.
The Omnibus survey was conducted during September 7-13, 2022. 2,000 respondents living in all regions of Ukraine (except for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) were interviewed using the method of telephone interviews using a computer (computer-assistedtelephoneinterviews, CATI) based on a random sample of mobile phone numbers (with random generation of phone numbers and subsequent statistical weighting). The survey was conducted with adult (aged 18 years and older) citizens of Ukraine who at the time of the survey were residing on the territory of Ukraine (within the limits controlled by the Ukrainian authorities until February 24, 2022). The sample did not include residents of territories that were temporarily not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities until February 24, 2022 (AR of Crimea, Sevastopol, certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions), and the survey was not conducted with citizens who went abroad after February 24, 2022 .
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