70% of Czechs Support Accepting Ukrainians, But Concerns Remain Over Social Security and Unemployment

Seven out of ten Czechs are in favour of welcoming people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, the arrival of refugees is also raising fears among a significant part of society that social security is weakening and unemployment is rising, according to the results of a survey published last week by the STEM agency. Photo credit: JMK

Czech Republic, April 25 (BD) –The STEM study focuses on the views of the Czech public about the key consequences of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. The conflict has triggered fundamental changes in Czech public opinion related both to the position of Ukraine and Russia on the international scene and to the internal dynamics of cooperation within the EU. The situation of people fleeing the war, nearly 300,000 of whom have been welcomed by the Czech Republic, is raising some urgent questions.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought an unprecedented sense of security threat to Czech society – only 9% of the population now believes that there is no threat of conflict in Central Europe. Moreover, the conflict in Ukraine has reinforced the importance of NATO in the Czech Republic, as a full 78% of the population approves of Czech membership in this alliance, the highest proportion since 1994. Outside NATO, there is also a consensus that the EU should jointly strengthen its defence forces, purchase military equipment, and jointly obtain gas and oil supplies.

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