- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Study Reveals Ukrainian Refugees in Czech Republic Face Economic Hardships Despite Employment
Prague, Czech Republic – August 9, 2023
A recent study has shed light on the economic challenges faced by Ukrainian refugees living in the Czech Republic. The findings indicate that although a majority of these refugees are employed, a significant proportion live below the poverty line. Seven out of every ten refugees in the Czech Republic have incomes falling below the poverty threshold, with approximately two-thirds of those aged 17 and above being engaged in some form of employment.
The comprehensive “Voice of Ukrainians” study, conducted by PAQ Research in June, offers crucial insights into the economic conditions of Ukrainian refugees. While the employment rate among the refugee population over the age of 17 has significantly increased to 67% compared to 45% the previous year, around 60% of those employed are in jobs that don’t align with their qualifications. A substantial portion, half of the refugees, work during weekends or late hours, with 40% earning less than their Czech counterparts in similar roles.
Challenges to employment primarily stem from language barriers, non-recognition of qualifications, and limited access to childcare facilities. The study suggests several measures to address these issues, including improved Czech language courses, enhanced job search support, background checks, and potential adjustments to humanitarian benefits.
On average, refugees earn 167 CZK per hour, with a notable portion earning less than 150 CZK per hour. Furthermore, 60% of refugees live below the income poverty line, a concerning figure that particularly impacts families with children and the elderly. Material deprivation is a significant issue, affecting seven out of ten individuals, encompassing challenges like inadequate clothing, limited transportation, and infrequent dining out.
The study’s findings underscore the complexity of the refugee experience, highlighting the need for targeted interventions to uplift the economic well-being of Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic. Addressing language barriers, facilitating skill recognition, and enhancing access to quality employment opportunities could play a pivotal role in improving their economic prospects and overall integration into Czech society.
Article by Prague Forum