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Ukrainians working abroad risk their health – Institute for Demography

According to the researcher, Ukrainians work overtime abroad pursuing bigger income
13:24, 19 April 2018

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It is normal for the migrant workers to work overtime. However, such schedule can negatively affect one’s health. Lidia Tkachenko, the Research Associate of Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies said this on air of 24 TV channel.  

According to the researcher, Ukrainians work overtime abroad pursuing a bigger income. The risk for health is growing under the permanent exhaustion and it does not matter if a person works in dangerous conditions or not.

 “We may say that migrants working overtime is a norm. Yes, the salary and overtime payment could be higher. However, if a person works intensively for three months with only one day-off without appropriate rest, without recovering the health, the risk for their health is growing under the permanent exhaustion and it does not matter if the working conditions are harmful or not. Because a person simply strains oneself”, she said.

A sudden change of the way of living after returning home is another danger migrant workers face.

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“When they return home and don’t work, it is also a risk. Often, it could lead to alcoholism,” the expert said.

As it was reported earlier, about 58% of the citizens of Ukraine said that they did not try to protect their rights even if they were violated.  This is the data of the pools held with the support of the UN Development Program in Ukraine, Democratic Initiatives Funds named after Ilko Kucheriv at the initiative of Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Lutkovska noted that, unfortunately, such index creates the social demand for the corruption and shows the presence of the great problem – mistrust to the judicial branch of the authority that exists in Ukraine.

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