European countries have shown solidarity and organization with Ukraine by accepting millions of refugees from our country. According to various estimates, it is 5-7 million people.
Some countries have revised conditions for Ukrainians in more than six months of war, while others are just beginning to allocate aid to refugees. So far, no EU country has officially refused to accept Ukrainians, but experts are increasingly saying that support may decrease by winter.
Not many surveys have been conducted in Europe that find out attitudes toward Ukrainian refugees. But all of those that do show high support for our citizens. They are seen as culturally close, sympathetic and trying to help. Even after months of war.
“We found strong support for receiving Ukrainian refugees in all eight countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovakia – ed.). Strikingly, this support for Ukrainian refugees contrasts with much cooler attitudes toward other refugee groups,” according to the Robert Schulman Center website.
But the main change in support for Ukrainians in Europe in recent months is that refugees are slowly being encouraged to find work and become “self-sufficient. Poland was one of the first to do so: it cut payments to Poles for housing Ukrainians, canceled free travel, leaving guaranteed aid to only the most vulnerable.
Support for refugees in Europe has been widespread, but the Western media warn that the wave of solidarity may decrease amid inflation and rising tariffs in the EU itself. This could force national governments to cut aid to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
The next few months will be the hardest for European countries since Russia’s war against Ukraine began, CNN writes. European citizens will feel the rising cost of living across the continent. Some will have to choose between heating their homes and eating out.
Ukrainians have changed attitudes toward refugees around the world: they have become more compassionate.
By the materials of rbc.ua