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About 7,000 Jobs Currently Available in Estonia for Ukrainian Refugees

A total of 7,000 job opportunities are available in Estonia to all Ukrainian refugees, provided through the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

In this regard, Deputy Secretary General for Labor Policy at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Yulia Sarr, said that it is important for Estonia that Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the country are able to become independent as soon as possible and find a job, reports.

For example, with the help of career counselors and advisors, we can look at the obstacles faced by refugees of working age who have not yet entered the labor market. This could be due to looking after young children, working remotely for an employer in Ukraine, or the need to upgrade skills in order to find a suitable job.

Recent data from Statistics Estonian revealed that a large proportion of people of working age who received temporary protection found work in the short period between March and June. According to these data, the employment rate of people aged 20-64 who have been granted temporary protection is increasing every week and has now reached 38 percent.

The lead analyst of Statistics Estonia, Kaja Sustra, stressed that Ukrainian refugees are relatively educated, but the lack of knowledge of the Estonian language will force them to work in positions where they are superior to their qualifications according to their level of education.

He also added: “Compared to the labor market as a whole, there is a relatively greater number of Ukrainian citizens mainly among unskilled workers as well as workers of trades and related trades, and relatively less among managers and professionals.”

For Ukrainian refugees with temporary protection, the most common occupation is that of cleaners, while among those with residence permits, the most popular is the welder. In addition, those without temporary protection and Ukrainian citizens with short-term work permits often work as mobilization workers.

However, the latter group also includes many skilled professionals, especially software developers. Moreover, the most popular activity among Ukrainians is economic activity.

There are many differences in activities between groups of Ukrainians, with temporary protection recipients often employed in the trade sector as well as in accommodation and food service. Thus, Ukrainian citizens with short-term work permits are more likely to find work in administrative services, support services and construction activities.

On June 16, Estonia revealed that it had accepted more than 40,000 Ukrainian refugees since May 24, and that the state had also granted temporary protection to each of them.

At the same time, the Estonian Foreign Minister, Anders Sot, announced that his country would allocate 200,000 euros in emergency aid to refugees from Ukraine.

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