A recent study by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found that approximately one in ten Ukrainian refugees plan to return home soon. However, most of those surveyed expressed a desire to remain in their current location, with two-thirds of adults surveyed stating they would like to return home eventually.
The IOM study, part of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) project, aims to map the movements, intentions, and needs of displaced persons in the Czech Republic. It involved 1,706 adults with temporary protection from all regions except Zlínský. The survey also found that almost three-quarters of respondents had been away from home for more than nine months.
The study found that the main reasons for leaving the Czech Republic were employment opportunities, friends, and family. Of those who wished to leave the country, the majority expressed a desire to move to Germany, with Canada, Poland, and Spain also cited as popular destinations.
While only a tiny percentage of respondents expressed a desire to return home soon, the IOM’s findings are significant in providing insights into the experiences and intentions of Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic.
According to a recent proposal, The Czech government is preparing a unique program for the voluntary return of Ukrainian refugees. The program aims to assist refugees in returning to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.
However, it is essential to note that many Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic do not have plans to move anytime soon, with three-quarters of those surveyed stating that they have no plans to relocate in the near future.
Despite the challenges faced by Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic, the study highlights the resilience and determination of those who have been displaced. The IOM’s ongoing efforts to track and support displaced persons will be crucial in ensuring that their needs are met and their voices heard.