75% of Ukrainians working in Poland regularly support their families in Ukraine

Ukrainians abroad work and support their families in war-torn Ukraine, data provided by Gremi Personal employment agency shows

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: wgospodarce.pl
Valentyna, a Ukrainian refugee from the Lviv area, works on a self-portrait in a room at a refugee shelter in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)

Around three-quarters of Ukrainians working in Poland regularly transfer money to their family in Ukraine, with 35.4 percent of them sending over half of their income and 39.1 percent less than half.

According to Gremi Personal employment agency, close to 10.9 percent of the respondents do not send any money and 14.6 percent of them moved to Poland with their families, which means the need for money transfers disappeared for this group. Those results come from a survey of Ukrainian citizens employed by the agency since the start of the Russian invasion.

Gremi Personal also cited statistics by the National Bank of Ukraine, according to which in the first half of 2022, almost $6.5 billion in private money transfers came to Ukraine, which is 6.2 percent less than in the first six months of 2021.

“The transfers decreased substantially in the first four months of this year, in addition to a large outflow of currency from Ukraine due to the rapid growth of war refugees. However, in June, private transfers added up to $1.23 billion, which is 1.2 percent more than in June 2021,” read a press release.

The release also noted that according to the National Bank of Ukraine, the number of financial transfers to Ukraine in 2021 increased by 25.4 percent versus 2020 to $15.026 billion. In the current year, the transfers have so far amounted to $12.6 billion.

Anna Dzhobolda from Gremi Personal explains that the income of Ukrainians decreased by over one-third due to the depreciation of the Ukrainian currency, the hryvnia, and the economic situation in general.

“At this time, the inability of men to cross the border in order to earn money, prompts women to travel to European countries and financially support their families in Ukraine,” Anna Dzhobolda pointed out.

The survey was conducted from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 and involved 1,550 Ukrainian citizens.

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