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9 out of 10 Ukrainians remain in their permanent place of residence

03/ 07/ 2024
  73% of respondents did not leave their homes due to the full-scale invasion, 18% moved but have already returned, and only 7% left their permanent residence and have not yet returned. These are the conclusions of the Life Quality Barometer survey, conducted by the European Business Association in partnership with Kernel and the research company Gradus Research. Similar data was obtained from employees of the EBAs member companies. Among the business audience, 48% remained in their permanent place of residence, 40% moved but have already returned, and 10% left and have not yet returned. At the same time, 11% of the business audience who left intend to return within a year, 39% plan to return, but not earlier than in a year, and another 39% have not yet decided. The number of those who believe they have most likely left forever has halved over the past year - from 22% in 2023 to the current 11%. Most employees of the EBAs member companies are currently in Poland, Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic. All surveyed employees of the EBAs member companies who left have retained their jobs. At the same time, 79% work fully or mostly remotely. It is worth noting that 50% work in an international company operating in Ukraine, 36% - in an international or Ukrainian company with offices outside of Ukraine, and 14% - in a Ukrainian company operating in Ukraine. Among the survey participants who went abroad due to the full-scale invasion, 70% received temporary protection status.30% of respondents faced the problem of taxing income received in Ukraine abroad. According to the survey participants, the return home will be facilitated primarily by security and economic factors. In particular, 79% are ready to return after the final end of the war, 57% - in the absence of hostilities and the threat of shelling, 29% - on the condition of decently paid work in Ukraine, and 21% - in the event of an increase in the standard of living in Ukraine. The end of temporary protection may encourage 21% of temporary migrants to return, and the ban on working remotely may encourage 7%. Anna Derevyanko. Executive Director of the European Business Association. In the third year of the full-scale war, businesses are quite critically feeling the lack of qualified employees, including due to migration. Of course, the best option to solve this problem would be the return of our people who are abroad. However, for them to be able to return, real positive changes are needed, particularly in the areas of the rule of law, security, income levels, and quality of life. Improving conditions and, accordingly, increasing these indicators, which we measure in the Life Quality Barometer, will entail the return of people. For reference: The Life Quality Barometer (until 2022 - the Happiness Barometer in Ukraine) is an annual survey conducted by the European Business Association since 2018. The main partner is Kernel, the research partner is the research company Gradus Research. Survey audience: general audience - men and women aged 16 and older living in cities with 50K+ population (excluding temporarily occupied territories and territories of active hostilities), sample size: 1166 people, field period: May 3-6, 2024; business audience - employees of member companies of the European Business Association, regardless of location, sample size: 472 people, field period: May 8-16, 2024.

73% of respondents did not leave their homes due to the full-scale invasion, 18% moved but have already returned, and only 7% left their permanent residence and have not yet returned. These are the conclusions of the “Life Quality Barometer” survey, conducted by the European Business Association in partnership with Kernel and the research company Gradus Research.

Similar data was obtained from employees of the EBA’s member companies. Among the business audience, 48% remained in their permanent place of residence, 40% moved but have already returned, and 10% left and have not yet returned.

At the same time, 11% of the business audience who left intend to return within a year, 39% plan to return, but not earlier than in a year, and another 39% have not yet decided. The number of those who believe they have most likely left forever has halved over the past year – from 22% in 2023 to the current 11%. Most employees of the EBA’s member companies are currently in Poland, Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

All surveyed employees of the EBA’s member companies who left have retained their jobs. At the same time, 79% work fully or mostly remotely. It is worth noting that 50% work in an international company operating in Ukraine, 36% – in an international or Ukrainian company with offices outside of Ukraine, and 14% – in a Ukrainian company operating in Ukraine.

Among the survey participants who went abroad due to the full-scale invasion, 70% received temporary protection status.30% of respondents faced the problem of taxing income received in Ukraine abroad.

According to the survey participants, the return home will be facilitated primarily by security and economic factors. In particular, 79% are ready to return after the final end of the war, 57% – in the absence of hostilities and the threat of shelling, 29% – on the condition of decently paid work in Ukraine, and 21% – in the event of an increase in the standard of living in Ukraine. The end of temporary protection may encourage 21% of temporary migrants to return, and the ban on working remotely may encourage 7%.

Anna Derevyanko Executive Director of the European Business Association
In the third year of the full-scale war, businesses are quite critically feeling the lack of qualified employees, including due to migration. Of course, the best option to solve this problem would be the return of our people who are abroad. However, for them to be able to return, real positive changes are needed, particularly in the areas of the rule of law, security, income levels, and quality of life. Improving conditions and, accordingly, increasing these indicators, which we measure in the Life Quality Barometer, will entail the return of people.

For reference:

The Life Quality Barometer (until 2022 – the Happiness Barometer in Ukraine) is an annual survey conducted by the European Business Association since 2018. The main partner is Kernel, the research partner is the research company Gradus Research.

Survey audience: general audience – men and women aged 16 and older living in cities with 50K+ population (excluding temporarily occupied territories and territories of active hostilities), sample size: 1166 people, field period: May 3-6, 2024; business audience – employees of member companies of the European Business Association, regardless of location, sample size: 472 people, field period: May 8-16, 2024.

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