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Which European countries employ Ukrainians the most and where refugees are in no hurry to go to work: statistics published

Kseniya KapustynskaNews
Ukrainians are employed in Europe unevenly
Ukrainians are employed in Europe unevenly

More than 60% of Ukrainians who fled the war to European countries have been officially employed. The highest percentage of employment was recorded in Poland, where 65% of able-bodied Ukrainian refugees found work. Germany was among the countries with the worst results. This confirms that people are in no hurry to work in countries with high social benefits. And this situation will soon change.

In terms of numbers, Poland is also a leader in the employment of Ukrainians, with 950,000 Ukrainians residing there. This is evidenced by the data of the European Commission on Employment and Social Rights, as well as local surveys and analysts of the International migration outlook, PaySpace Magazine writes.

The United Kingdom took second place among the 11 countries included in the analytical report. It employed 61% of Ukrainians out of 246.8 thousand.

In which European countries Ukrainians work most actively

In Sweden, 56% of Ukrainians out of a total of 41.4 thousand have found work. In Lithuania and the Czech Republic, 53% and 51% of 50.7 thousand and 368.7 thousand Ukrainian refugees, respectively, are employed.

Denmark, the Netherlands and Estonia show the same employment rate of 46%. In France and Ireland, about a third of a thousand IDPs have found work. In Ukraine itself, 40% of internally displaced persons (4.9 million) have found a new permanent job.

The lowest percentage of employment is in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. It is only 19% among 1.1 million, 167.5 thousand and 66.1 thousand Ukrainians, respectively. Switzerland and Germany are already planning to ease employment procedures to significantly increase this figure.

Statistics confirm the direct dependence of the employment rate on the amount of social benefits. For example, in the Czech Republic (53% of those employed), Ukrainians are paid 200 euros for the first five months of their stay, and then the amount is reduced to 130 euros. In Poland (65%), the one-time allowance is EUR 66, and only families with children receive a monthly payment of EUR 110.

In Germany (19%), however, the monthly payment is 502 euros for an adult and an additional 420 euros for a child. However, starting from 2024, the rules for social benefits in this country may change, and the actual assistance for new refugees may be reduced to about 400 euros.

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