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Most Ukrainian refugees want to go home

Most Ukrainian refugees want to go home

According to a UNHCR survey, while most Ukrainian refugees hope to return to Ukraine one day, for the time being, the majority plan to stay in their current host country, the Washington Post reports.

The survey draws on more than 4,900 interviews with Ukrainian refugees now based in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. It was conducted between mid-May and mid-June 2022.

According to the survey, a majority hopes eventually to return to Ukraine, but 65 percent said they plan to stay for now in their current host countries, with another 9 percent planning to go to other host countries within a month.

Sixteen percent of those surveyed said they were planning to return to Ukraine, with 40 percent of them saying they would go in the next month. Another 15 percent of those who expect to return soon said they planned to stay only temporarily.

The report also found that refugees’ plans on whether to stay or move varied according to their region of origin, their period of displacement, and where they are based now. A higher proportion of refugees from Kyiv and areas in the west were planning to return than those who arrived from the east and north, the report found.

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