For 75% of IDPs, forced relocation became the first change of residence in their life evidenced by the results of a new study by the World Bank “Ukraine: Investigation of the socio-economic impact of the movement of citizens and the return of ATO participants”.
At the same time, half of IDPs never visited the place of their previous residence after they had moved. Another 25% visited relatives who remained on the territories beyond the government control up to 4 times a year.
– We found out that the main motives for resettlement were, first of all, security and persecution problems, political preferences, the presence of relatives or friends in the regions where people moved and the possibility of finding employment abroad. As for returning home or visiting a former place of residence, there were restrictions due to the security situation, – Holly Benner, head of the World Peace and Reconstruction Project, said.
In general, 42% of the interviewed IDPs stated their intentions to return home. 34% do not want to go back. Another 26% believe that they will have to return against their will because of a lack of work, high rent for housing and other reasons.
The survey was conducted this year, during the survey, 2 thousand IDPs were interviewed.
Almost 20% of IDPs reportedly are discriminated by landlords.
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