Housing and employment are the basic problems of internally displaced persons. This was stated by deputy head of Minatom George Toock.
The housing problem is not so simple. The camps for IDPs built at the beginning of the conflict are for temporary residence only. Now the state meets the challenge to build up social housing. However, backbreaking issue for the state at the moment. The only way out is to involve international organizations and regional authorities to solve IDPs housing. We discuss the issue of preferential loans with the management of Oshchadbank, – George Toock, Deputy Minister of temporary occupied territories and IDPs, said.
Mr Toock noted that the issues of housing and employment are the hardest challenges for 90% of IDPs. But, he said, most of the IDPs do not claim to have housing for free, the only thing they ask is to help with preferential loans to build up a house of their own.
It means that the majority of IDPs are active and independent citizens. I’m absolutely convinced that IDPs should be encouraged to build their business, so look for alternative employment, – Toock said.
Another significant component for better integration of IDPs is a lack of success stories about IDPs. A large proportion of news about the displaced persons is negative materials, thinks George Toock. And this kind of news formed negative perception of IDPs of our fellow citizens. Toock believes that due to this presentation of information many people who would like to leave non-controlled territories change their mind and stayed there.