Most Ukrainian refugees seek jobs in Poland shows study
As many as 63 percent of adult Ukrainian refugees are planning to take up jobs in Poland and 30 percent want to stay in the country for a longer time, a survey by the EWL Group has found.
Only 20 percent of respondents will not look for employment and will pay for the costs of living from their savings.
"However, the refugees' poor Polish language skills, their gender structure (mostly women - PAP) and the need to ensure care for their children may cause problems in adapting to the Polish job market," reads the report by EWL Group and the University of Warsaw's Centre for East European Studies, published on Tuesday.
As many as 70 percent of the refugees want to stay in bigger cities of at least 200,000 inhabitants, and 72 percent do not want to leave the region they are currently living in, which is understandable considering the fact that 63 percent of them came to Poland with children.
Most of the refugees, 56 percent, want to return to their country as soon as the war in Ukraine is over, but 30 percent want to stay in Poland for a longer time. Twelve percent want to leave for western Europe.
In terms of the most popular professional qualifications held by the refugees, 17 percent are specialists, 15 percent worked in education, 14 percent in services, 13 percent in retail, 7 percent were manual workers and 7 percent were office employees.
Of the 400 respondents interviewed for the survey between March 23 and April 2, 94 percent were women and their average age was 38. Most of them, 61 percent, were college or university graduates.