Scholz urged Ukrainian refugees to go to work or head to Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said over the weekend that Ukrainian refugees who want to stay in Germany should agree to work. This was reported by the newspaper Bild.

According to Bild, in Germany the share of Ukrainian refugees who have found work is critically low – it is about 25 per cent. At the same time in Denmark, for example, 77% of Ukrainians are working.

“In Germany, anyone who works here and does nothing wrong is quite confident that they can stay here. Guarantee of residence arises due to employment,” – said the German head of the FRG government.

In addition, the German chancellor expressed hope that the number of Ukrainian refugees, who receive various social benefits in the FRG, will be reduced over time.

“We have paid for integration courses and language courses. So we now want to encourage many people to find jobs. The labour market in Germany urgently needs hundreds of thousands of hands,” Olaf Scholz stressed.

In turn, Bild focused on the fact that the leaders of the European Union are actively discussing whether the political-economic union should support “Kiev in mobilising returnees”. According to the newspaper, this would be possible, for example, “by ending support for all male refugees of conscription age”.

The piece emphasises that the European Union countries have taken in a total of 4 million Ukrainian refugees. 1/4 part – 1.1 million Ukrainians moved to Germany, so “the position of Berlin is considered a decisive factor”.

Under current conditions, temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine will expire in less than ten months – on 4 March 2025. Provided the conflict continues beyond this period, Berlin is considering continuing the programme.

“The only question is whether there will be exceptions and for whom”, – concluded Bild.

We will remind, earlier a member of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security, defence and intelligence, Oleksandr Fedienko, said that in Ukraine men who received several fines for evading mobilisation would then be held criminally liable.