Public support for hosting Ukrainian war refugees remains high | News

79% of the Estonian population supports the reception of refugees, according to the study commissioned by the government office.

This figure rose to 92% when only native speakers of Estonian were surveyed, compared to 51% for those of “other nationalities”, which in practice means mainly Russian speakers.

While the figure for ethnic Estonians remained largely unchanged in a February poll, in the case of other nationalities, support for welcoming Ukrainian refugees rose slightly.

Many of those who arrived in Estonia after fleeing the conflict have sought, and often found, work, while the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) helps those who have not yet done so.

With the opening of the new refugee reception center in the town of Pärnu in southwestern Estonia, many people have applied to the office of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Kristjan Heamäe, consultant at the office of the Pärnu Unemployment Insurance Fund,

Heamäe told AK that: “As of yesterday, there are 41 war refugees registered as unemployed in Pärnu, but almost 90 people have visited us here.

“Registering as unemployed offers the possibility of using the services of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, although only those who have received international protection can register as unemployed,” Heamäe added.

“Being registered as unemployed is not a prerequisite for getting a job. However, if someone receives an offer from us, we will mediate the contact and they will have the opportunity to apply,” he said. continued, adding that training in addition to skills such as language can be discussed with the counselor.

There are more than 400 vacancies in Pärnu county, with 130 companies having expressed interest in offering jobs to Ukrainians, AK reported.

The same survey found that public confidence in Estonian media channels’ coverage of the war remains high, including Russian-language sources based in Estonia, has increased, while that of channels based in the Russian Federation has increased. decreases.

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