Two-thirds of Ukrainians abroad plan to return – Ukrainian news, Politics


Ukrainians, forced to stay abroad due to Russia’s armed aggression, are still immersed in information about the Ukrainian context and strive to return home when it is safe for them and their children. Such conclusions follow from the latest OPORA survey in 7 countries: USA, Great Britain, Israel, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary.

Working with these people should be a priority for the Ukrainian authorities and the public sector, because they remain members of the Ukrainian political community. They are active advocates of Ukraine in their local communities and promising allies of Ukrainian diplomacy.

Almost two-thirds of those surveyed say they plan to return to Ukraine, but many (35% of all respondents) consider returning home only after the end of the war. The most important factors influencing the desire to return are the emotional connection with the Motherland and security in the region of residence (43% each), the desire to reunite with the family and the availability of work in Ukraine (38% each).

At the same time, for respondents aged 18 to 35, the most important factor is the availability of work (45%), while for respondents of middle (36–50) and older (51+) age, safety is in the first place. In turn, the level of medicine, education or social status have a relatively low priority for respondents of any age.

Consequently, emotional factors predominate in the issue of return or non-return to Ukraine. But another trend is also noticeable: the better a person is adapted in the host country, the less attractive the prospect of returning to Ukraine seems to him.

The opinions of those surveyed about whether it is possible to influence political life in Ukraine from abroad were divided almost equally: 43% believe that they can influence politics in Ukraine even at a distance, and 46% do not see such opportunities. Among the ways to get involved in politics were signing petitions, participating in rallies, educational activities about Ukrainian history and culture in the host country. Volunteering and support for the Armed Forces of Ukraine was often called political influence, because today the future of our state is being decided at the front.

Thus, 80% of respondents donated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 76% helped their relatives and friends in Ukraine, and 69% popularized information about Ukraine. Although the majority of respondents do not feel capable of influencing political life, they still remain included in the Ukrainian political context. 80% of respondents are constantly interested in events in Ukraine and talk about the news with loved ones more often than, for example, about everyday affairs or family.

Only 16% of respondents believe that elections should be held immediately after the end of martial law. 70% think that this should wait for some time: 3-6 months (28%), about a year (30%) or even several years (13%). As one of the interviewees, who is now in the UK, said, for him “going to the polls is a sign that we will have peace.”

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