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Even with work: how many Ukrainians face financial difficulties in the Czech Republic?

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Even with work: how many Ukrainians face financial difficulties in the Czech Republic?

About a third of Ukrainians in the Czech Republic have managed to find a job, but some of them are still struggling financially. Find out who is more likely to face these problems

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The Czech Republic has become one of the main countries in Europe where Ukrainians have found a new temporary home after the outbreak of war in their homeland. Temporary protection in the country has been extended to 320,000 refugees, and 69% of the displaced have found work. However, despite this, a fairly large number of citizens face financial difficulties. With reference to ProUkrainu.Blesk, we will tell you who mostly experiences difficulties even if they have a job. 


The Czech Republic believes that the country has successfully integrated Ukrainians and is far ahead of other European countries in terms of attracting refugees to the labour market.


Approximately half of Ukrainians in the Czech Republic have a university degree, but most refugees work in positions below their qualifications. At the same time, 21% of respondents work without a contract or on an irregular basis.


Financial problems of Ukrainians in the Czech Republic


Almost one-third (31%) of refugees face financial difficulties, being unable to pay their daily expenses. Among the most affected groups are pensioners (79%), people taking care of children (60%), and students (50%). However, even among employed refugees, one in ten lack the funds to cover their daily expenses.


Moreover, more than half of the refugees surveyed were unable to cope with unexpected financial expenses exceeding 13,600 CZK (approximately EUR 535). Among refugees who are employed, such sudden expenses proved to be unbearable for one third of those surveyed.


Refugees use different sources of funding to cover their living expenses. The majority of them, more than half, earn their own living, about the same number of people receive state support, one third turn to family or community for help, and one in four rely on personal savings.


In terms of housing, 56% of refugees live in rented apartments or houses, while the rest continue to live in dormitories or hotels.


According to a survey conducted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 69% of refugees plan to return to Ukraine, while 12% want to stay abroad.




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Residence permit for Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic


Many of the displaced persons have been granted temporary protection status, and some are considering staying in the country for a long time, but this requires a permanent residence permit.


The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic has informed that the period of temporary protection will be taken into account when issuing a permanent residence permit for Ukrainians. However, this interval will be taken into account on a half-time basis: thus, 12 months of temporary protection will be equivalent to six months for the purposes of determining the period of continuous residence in the country.


What does a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic entitle you to?


A permanent residence permit (known in Czech as trvalý pobyt) is one of the types of permits granted to foreign nationals from countries that are not members of the European Union. This permit allows you to reside in the Czech Republic without having to specify a specific purpose of your stay, such as work, study or family reunification.


Permanent residence permit holders have the right to participate in the public health insurance system, receive pension payments and other social benefits, access the labour market and take out loans from banks.


In contrast, persons with a long-term residence permit are required to pay for private health insurance and are not entitled to social benefits.


For more information on the rights of Ukrainians under a long-term residence permit, please read our article.


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