May 24, 2024


Technology and Age

Addressing the Ukrainian Refugee Challenges in Europe 

Council of Europe bank issues a new social inclusion bond to bolster its response to Ukraine refugee crisis - Newsroom

According to the report by the Operational Data Portal, it was found that the U.N listed 7.6 million Ukrainian refugees across Europe in October 2022, including over 2.5 million in Russia. Many of the latter were sent to Europe by Russian occupiers and had been subjected to a filtration process that needed to have credible reports on emerging war crimes, plus the evidence of torture and execution. 

At the moment, over 4 million Ukrainian refugees have been registered for the EU’s temporary protection scheme and various other kinds of national programs. However, there are still 13 million Ukrainians who are stranded within Ukraine due to the impassable routes, relentless fighting, or the lack of resources needed to move out from their current state. 

You can find most of the refugees in wealthier EU countries. With the EU’s Temporary Protection regime being the central facilitation behind this influx, it ensured that all Ukrainians had the right to work, education, health, shelter, and financial aid for three years. There has been a rapid increase in the influx, and the large numbers returning are unprecedented, even if the global experience shows that refugees will not be able to return anytime. 

Out of all the places, the EU has been the most welcoming to Ukrainians than to other asylum seekers from all over Africa, the Middle East, and Afghanistan, who have been met with violent pushbacks from Italy, Greece, and Poland. Although, there have been increasing challenges as refugee fatigue has slowly begun to emerge in Germany, Poland, and the U.K. It has not reached a crisis stage, but it still serves as a warning on the future economic and energy fonts. 

With women and children comprising around 90% of Ukrainian refugees, specific challenges have come to the surface – child care, schooling for children, jobs for caretakers, including emotional and psychological support. Other challenges range from housing to missing documents to human trafficking abound. 

According to a report from MSN, Germany and Poland have provided some insights on employment. In Germany, about 350,000 refugees from Ukraine are registered as looking for work, and with 900,000 job vacancies, surveys have suggested that around 50% of Ukrainians have found a job. Still, the Federal Employment Agency cites only a 10% figure. 

There are still so many issues that have risen over time. Fortunately, we have not given up, and many leading organizations, such as Be an Angel, e.V., are working towards improving the situation. 

Be an Angel e.V. is a highly acclaimed German non-profit organization that works towards refugee support from conflict and war zones. They focus on evacuation matters and provide humanitarian support and on-the-ground assistance to refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Ukraine. 

Co-founded by Andreas Tolke and Ulrike Lessig in 2015, Be an Angel leverages the entire spectrum, from official support to job placement for refugees. Some of their notable works include evacuating over 12000 Ukrainians and bringing 22M euros first aid to Ukraine from March to August 2022. 

Moreover, Friends of Be an Angel is a counterpart of Be an Angel, serving as a non-profit organization that focuses on fundraising, and evacuating refugees from Ukraine to the European Union countries while simultaneously delivering humanitarian aid to Ukraine from North America and Europe in hopes of eradicating the complications that are hindering their peace in their new homes.