Ukrainian refugees face problems finding work in the UK, given the fact that they were considered professionals at home. The fate of one of these Ukrainians was told by The New York Times in an article dated July 8.
Trauma surgeon Samer al-Sheikh left his permanent place of residence twice due to hostilities: first at the age of 16 due to the war in Iraq, and then he had to flee Ukraine due to the tense political situation.
After almost 1.5 years, the doctor was still unable to get a job in his specialty in Britain. Previously, he worked as a loader in one of London’s supermarkets, but the man lost this job too.
“According to refugee rights advocates, due to the language barrier and the cumbersome recertification process, many doctors who left Ukraine stopped working in medicine altogether. Instead, highly skilled healthcare workers often take low-skilled jobs just to make ends meet,” he said.
In conclusion, al-Sheikh added that if he fails in the UK, he will be forced to return back to Ukraine.
At the same time, in other countries, some Ukrainian refugees deliberately refuse to do the work that the authorities offer them. So, they began to refuse to go to seasonal berry picking jobs in Finnish cities more often, because they do not want to lose social benefits, according to a local publication on July 8. Finnish MP Mia Laiho was outraged by the situation. She noted that working in Finland brings much more benefits than living on welfare.
On the same day, Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov said that the arrival of refugees from Ukraine in European countries led to the destruction of their social fabric. In his opinion, the European Union repeats the same mistakes that were made during the influx of migrants from Kosovo, North Africa and the Middle East.
On July 5, journalist Niezalezny Dziennik Polityczny Maker Galash wrote in his article that by opening the borders of refugees from Ukraine, the Polish authorities opened the gates to hell. It is noted that Poland made a fatal mistake by allowing the placement of Ukrainian refugees in the country.