A recent Rating Lab poll of Ukrainian refugees in Europe found 85 percent to be “rather” or “quite” comfortable in their host countries, while 54 percent had not been back to Ukraine once during the full-scale invasion. 

The majority of respondents felt that the local population in Europe was warm to them, and only 9 percent considered their European hosts to be “cold” or “very cold,” about them as refugees. The vast majority – 98 percent of respondents, said that they had warm or neutral feelings about European citizens.

With respect to opportunities, a small majority of Ukrainians said that they found it easier to run their own business in Ukraine, although Europe provided better incomes, job opportunities and other means to advance.


Whilst the majority considered roads and public transport in Europe to be superior to Ukraine's, a stronger majority favored Ukraine’s online government services, banking services and accessibility to health care.

According to the poll, 73 percent said that a lack of foreign language proficiency had been a major obstacle to finding work, noting that knowledge of the local language provides “an opportunity to work, have an income, communicate and study.”

Those with higher salaries and those pessimistic about Ukraine's future were more inclined to say that they were not interested in returning to their native soil. 

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Kyiv has been battling a Russian land assault on its northeastern Kharkiv region since May 10, when thousands of troops stormed the border, making their biggest territorial advances in 18 months.

Looking to the future, only 2-3 percent, regardless of where in Ukraine they came from, think Ukraine will not win the war, compared with roughly 38 percent who think victory will come within a year and roughly 40 percent in over a year.

The poll was carried out in July, using computer-aided interviews, spanning 2,116 respondents in 31 European countries. The margin of error was 3.2 percent.

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