European countries receive a large number of refugees from Ukraine fleeing the war due to the Russian invasion, and in particular they are heading to neighboring countries.
While many of them are considering offering them jobs, analysts warn that it will be difficult to integrate them all into the job market, TheSchengen.com reports.
Some experts have called on Eastern European countries, which have a lower GDP compared to their Western counterparts, to open their doors to more refugees from Ukraine after, in their opinion, they can deal with a massive influx.
According to a recent CNBC report, more than three million people have fled the war in Ukraine to its neighboring countries, while millions more have been internally displaced.
In this regard, the Bulgarian Employers’ Organization sent a letter to the government of Bulgaria confirming that it can employ more than 200,000 Ukrainians, according to the VOA.
The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Kirill Petkov, said that Ukrainian refugees are “smart, educated … and highly qualified.”
“These are Europeans, so we and all other countries are ready to accept them,” Petkov noted.
At the same time, the authorities in Hungary also welcomed refugees from Ukraine.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban emphasized: “We are able to tell the difference: who is an immigrant, they come from the south … and who is a refugee.”
Orban noted last week that “refugees can get all the help.”
Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Sigarto, recently announced that the country’s government will support employers who provide jobs to refugees from Ukraine while providing them with housing and transportation opportunities.
Based on the government’s press release earlier this month, employers who meet the above requirements will receive €160 per month for each refugee from Ukraine they employ and an additional €32 for each of their children.
Szijjártó stressed that “jobs will be created for those who plan to stay in Hungary for a long time” because in Hungary we are building a society based on work, which has been a successful project.”
A previous EU study showed that refugees were 22 percent more likely to be unemployed than other migrants with similar characteristics.
However, due to Russia’s widespread invasion, European countries have welcomed Ukrainian refugees while the European Union has activated the Temporary Protection Directive, meaning they will be allowed to stay for at least a year and will have access to the job market and education.