The population of Ukraine shrinks because of the labor migration, which often turns into the de facto migration, which means people choose to stay abroad rather than to return to their motherland. This is the major conclusion in the survey recently released by UkrainianPeopleLeaks.com public platform.
Obozrevatel.com news portal quoted both the survey and Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin; the official stressed that monthly, about 100,000 Ukrainian citizens go abroad searching for work. Andriy Reva, the minister for social policy, added that 3.2 million people migrated abroad, and the related problems concerned nine million people, including the children of labor migrants.
The research says that highly-educated Ukrainians go to Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and settle for the work in factories and fields. '39.2 percent of them carry out the most primitive work; 24.7 are involved in the handicraft, and another 16.5 work in the sales area. They earn less than the locals', reads the survey.
'This is a bad thing for the country because it loses the workforce. Labor migrants often come back; on the other hand, the labor migration may turn into the de-facto migration. Someone goes abroad, works hard and just stays there', said a senior fellow researcher from the Demography and Social Studies Institute.