4 Apr 2022 17:48

Nearly 80% of refugees wish to return to Ukraine - Razumkov Center's poll

KYIV. April 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) - An overwhelming majority (79.2%) of Ukrainian refugees intend to return home after the situation is brought back to normal, and only 10.9% are not planning to come back, as seen from a public opinion poll the Razumkov Center sociological service conducted at border crossing points in the Zakarpattia (Trans-Carpathian) region from March 15 to April 1.

The sociologists polled 101 respondents 16 or more years of age travelling on foot or by car.

The poll showed that 83.2% of the refugees were women, 63.4% were travelling together with children and only 12.9% on their own.

As many as 36.6% of those leaving Ukraine were between 30 and 39 years of age, 25.7% between 40 and 49 years, 18.8% between 16 and 29 years, 10.9% older than 60 years, and 7.9% between 50 and 59 years.

A relative majority of the refugees were from the city of Kyiv and the Kharkiv region (18.8% each), 11.9% from the Kyiv region, 7.9% from the Donetsk region, 6.9% from the Zaporizhzhya region, and 5% from the Mykolayyiv, Odesa, and Kherson regions each. None of those polled were from the Volyn, Lviv, Khmelnytsky, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, and Ternopil regions.

As many as 26.7% of those polled said they received aid from government agencies, 53.5% from volunteers, 8.9% from religious organizations, 6.9% from businesses (including their employers), 40.6% from relatives and friends, and 44.6% from unfamiliar compatriots, and only 20.8% said they did not receive aid at all.

The poll also found that 63.4% of the refugees speak the Russian language and 30.7% the Ukrainian language at home. Asked what language they would name as their native language, 21.8% named Russian, 65.3% Ukrainian, and 4% another language.

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