More than half of Ukrainians do not plan to change their location, even if the situation worsens — research
Leaving home in such times is wrong and unacceptable — this opinion is the main reason (38% of respondents) why Ukrainians stay in their places of permanent living or within Ukraine. The second reason is the reluctance to leave loved ones (35%). And even if the situation will get worse, more than a half stated their intention to stay. It’s the result of a survey published on April 18, 2022, by Gradus Research commissioned by the Kyiv School of Economics.
According to the survey, 28% of Ukrainians aged from 18 to 60 y.o. living in towns 50K+ were forced to relocate due to the war. Lack of money for relocation, age, physical limitations, feeling of safety, and doubts about adaptation to a new place — are all behind, with a gap of at least 10%. Only 8% said they would like to move in case of escalation, but it’s impossible. All these are signs of a mature, strong society.
At the same time, more than half of the respondents admitted that they had lost their jobs and/or money due to the invasion. Financial difficulties are becoming a major cause of stress along with Russia`s military invasion and possible escalation. The level of stress among respondents continues to grow since the beginning of the full-scale war and currently is the highest compared with the last two years of measurements — 87%. Major emotions Ukrainians feel are tension (51%), wrath (41%), fear (40%), fatigue (39%). High levels of stress are observed among all age groups.