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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Ukrainian refugees encouraged to find jobs as war slows migration

WARSAW, Poland ( Associated Press) — As the number of people leaving Ukraine for Western countries slows, officials in Poland and other neighboring countries are encouraging war refugees to find jobs, especially in health care and education.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR reported on Thursday that the daily number of refugees recorded by countries bordering Ukraine fell to less than 40,000 on Wednesday, the lowest since attacking Russian troops five weeks ago.

Poland’s Border Guard recorded more than half the new arrivals, maintaining a pattern seen since the start of the war. According to the country’s border agency, about 2.4 million of the more than 4 million refugees from the conflict went to Poland.

Humanitarian organizations and other observers have blamed several possible factors for slowing Ukrainian exodus in recent days, with no way to safely evacuate residents of besieged and besieged cities. Observers say others may be reluctant to leave their homes and expect hostilities to await.

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Poland’s Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska said the numbers could rise again if Russian attacks in Ukraine continue.

A recently passed law in Poland allows refugees from Ukraine to obtain ID numbers that entitle them to free medical care, education, social benefits and work for up to 18 months.

According to city officials, refugees in Warsaw have submitted around 700 applications and some 100 have been placed for jobs in the Polish capital’s medical centers and schools.

To boost the employment campaign, Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski and Deputy Mayor Renata Kaznowska met with the director of Bilansky Hospital and some Ukrainian and Polish staff members on Thursday.

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Kaznowska said that employment and professional activity is the best way to integrate adults who have fled Ukraine into Polish society.

Teachers are also needed to help refugee children adjust to their new school environment, where lessons are taught in Polish and where the curriculum is vastly different from the one in Ukraine.

Two nurses who are in the recruitment process, speaking in Ukrainian mixed with Polish, said they appreciated the opportunity to continue their careers.

Dorota Galzynska-Zick, the hospital’s director, said the new job recruits provide valuable skills and that language is not a barrier.

Trzaskowski said some 570,000 refugees have reached Warsaw, a city of about 1.8 million, and some 300,000 live in the capital.

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