Europe struggles to convert Ukraine migration into labour boon

Europe struggles to convert Ukraine migration into labour boon

European countries have not fully taken advantage of the opportunity to address workforce shortages by employing highly educated Ukrainian refugees. Despite the fact that many of these refugees possess valuable skills, they face obstacles such as a lack of childcare facilities and difficulties in having their non-European qualifications recognized. As a result, many of these refugees, particularly women, are forced to work in jobs that do not match their skill levels or provide long-term career prospects.

For example, Svetlana Chuhil, a doctor and physiotherapist, faced challenges in obtaining a license to work in Poland due to missing documents. As a result, she had to settle for an internship at a social welfare center, earning a low wage. The highly-regulated labor market in Poland further limited her options for employment in her field.

Similarly, Oksana Krotova, who worked as a hotel manager in Kyiv, now works as a hotel receptionist in Berlin. She acknowledges the difficulties in having her degree recognized and hopes to study business administration in Germany. However, the lack of time for language courses and the demands of her current job make it challenging for her to pursue better opportunities.

While the influx of Ukrainian refugees presents an opportunity to address labor shortages and boost economic growth, their integration into sustainable employment has been slow. The OECD emphasizes the need for training, upskilling, and recognition of qualifications to fully integrate these refugees into the labor market.

Germany, as the country hosting the most Ukrainian refugees, has seen a rise in open vacancies. However, less than one in five refugees have found employment, as the focus has been on language courses to improve their long-term employment prospects. The trade-off between rapid integration and sustainable employment is a challenge that needs to be addressed.

The temporary protection scheme for Ukrainian refugees in the EU is set to expire in March 2024. This uncertainty creates difficulties for employers who want to hire refugees, as they do not know if these individuals will be able to stay in the long term. Clear regulations are needed to provide stability for both refugees and employers.

In conclusion, while the opportunity to address workforce shortages through the employment of highly educated Ukrainian refugees exists, there are significant barriers that hinder their integration into suitable jobs. Recognizing qualifications, providing training and language courses, and ensuring long-term stability are crucial steps in fully utilizing the potential of these refugees.

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