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A third of Ukrainian refugees of working age have already found work in Lithuania – Ambassador

Every third Ukrainian of working age who arrived in Lithuania after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has already found a job, another third are looking for work.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Lithuania Petr Beshta said this at an online briefing on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The ambassador informed that Lithuania received more than 50,000 Ukrainian citizens, which is 1.8 percent of the country’s population (2.7 million) and is a very large figure for a state like Lithuania.

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“Ukrainians are immediately given the opportunity to find a job on the basis of a certificate of temporary residence in Lithuania. At the moment, already a third of Ukrainians of working age are employed and receive an average salary of about 900 euros. Another third are looking for work, and the rest of the Ukrainians, probably, have not yet decided on a long-term stay in Lithuania,” Beshta said.

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He noted that Lithuanians are trying to create the most comfortable conditions for Ukrainians and provide them with access to the same services that they provide to their own citizens.

According to Beshta, few Ukrainians have been arriving in Lithuania in recent weeks – approximately 500 people a day, and the opposite trend is also emerging.

“We looked at the latest figures – 500 Ukrainians told local authorities that they plan to return to Ukraine. We cannot verify whether they have returned, but this trend is already emerging, and our people, who have somewhere to return in the non-occupied territory and where there is infrastructure, are already considering this possibility,” he said.

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According to the Ministry of Social Protection and Labor of Lithuania, among more than 50 thousand Ukrainian refugees, there are 28 thousand people of working age, more than 7.6 thousand of them have already found work, more than 8.7 are currently registered with the Lithuanian Employment Service thousand citizens of Ukraine who are looking for work.

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