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"Our people are at the top": Singer Yunakova listed jobs that help Ukrainians "earn a penny" abroad

Olya Yunakova: "Our people are at the top"

A superstar of the 90s, singer Olya Yunakova has been living in Spain with her husband and three daughters since 2014. With the outbreak of the big war, the singer joined the volunteer force.

In an interview with OBOZ.UA, Yunakova, who communicates with Ukrainians who have found temporary refuge abroad a lot, told us about the occupations thanks to which people have found it easy to settle in a foreign country. According to the artist, foreigners are hired even more willingly than locals for these positions.

"Many Ukrainians came to Spain during the big war," says Olya Yunakova, "and it was very difficult for them. At first, they lived with relatives and friends because the country provided very little help with housing. This is not Germany or Poland. They gave us some hotel rooms and food. Ordinary Spaniards helped us a lot: they brought everything we needed in carts. Our people, who have lived here for a long time, alsosent thousands of boxes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine in trucks. But you know how it is: a person helps once, twice, thrice, but cannot constantly take money out of their family budget. So now they are collecting as much as they can. I talked to the consul and I have the following figures: almost 200,000 refugees from Ukraine came to Spain and 4,500 left the country over the past year. You can't find a job because you don't speak the language. Only a few have received payments. This is what it looks like."

"But I'll tell you, our people are very hardworking and they know how to earn a penny," Yunakova continues, "Men get jobs in construction. Women are mainly engaged in cleaning and caring for the elderly. These are difficult jobs, what can I say? And young girls are doing well: a good hairdresser, for example, will always find a job. A nail master is also valued. I don't want to offend anyone but local workers have a lower level of professionalism. That's why our people are at the top."

Read the full interview with Olha Yunakova on OBOZ.UA on Sunday, January 21.

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