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Ukraine is experiencing the largest in Europe, the crisis of displaced – UN

Украина переживает самый большой в Европе кризис, связанный с переселенцами - ООНUkraine is experiencing the largest crisis in Europe is associated with displacement of people since the events in the Balkans in the 1990s.

This was announced by the head of the UN Agency for migration (IOM) in Ukraine Thomas Lothar Weiss.

“Ukraine is going through a major crisis in Europe is associated with displacement of people since the events in the Balkans in the 1990s. More than 3.4 million people affected by the conflict in Ukraine, in need of humanitarian assistance,” said Weiss.

According to him, in 2014, in the framework of its humanitarian programs, programs for the development of the economic potential and social cohesion, IOM has assisted nearly 280, thousands of internally displaced persons and people exposed to the consequences of the conflict and will continue this work.

However, it is emphasized that the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine is deteriorating.

Thus, the average income of IDPs continued to fall and as of June had dropped to less than 2 100 hryvnia or 77 USD per month (official subsistence minimum in June 2018 is 3 300 USD).

Weiss believes that the decline in income may be associated with the deterioration of the employment situation of immigrants and it “aggravates social vulnerability of IDPs in the long term.”

Thus, according to the latest round of survey conducted by the IOM, a UN Agency for migration issues within the framework of the EU funded project, as of June 2018 employed was 42 per cent of IDPs, reflecting the decline in employment by 6% compared to March of this year. At the time of the survey, 11% of HPE actively sought work and were ready within two weeks to start working. The vast majority of those who were looking for work reported difficulty finding: low pay for the proposed jobs, the absence or lack of vacancies, which would match the level of qualifications and discrimination by employers in connection with the IDP status or age.

In addition, the results show that due to the high prices of medicines and services for a growing number of IDPs no longer available medicine.

The IOM mission in Ukraine conducts regular surveys on the situation of internally displaced persons in Ukraine from March 2016. The study presents combined data sample survey by personal and telephone interviews with IDPs key informants, persons who cross the demarcation line, and these discussions in focus groups and other official data. In the last, 10th round, held in June 2018, 2 406 respondents were interviewed through personal interview and 4 006 ― on the phone.

In Ukraine officially registered more than 1.5 internally displaced persons.

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