Press Release

New FRA survey to capture the experiences of people fleeing the war in Ukraine

Ukrainian family at a reception centre
European Commission, 2022
The war in Ukraine has forced millions of people to seek safety in neighbouring EU countries. How were they treated? What needs to improve? A new survey from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) seeks to find answers. The findings will guide its advice to the EU and host countries as they finetune their support.

“As war in Ukraine continues, EU countries are welcoming and supporting unprecedented numbers of people seeking safety in the EU,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “This poses a wide variety of fundamental rights challenges now and potentially later. With this survey, FRA seeks to assist the EU and affected countries to find sustainable solutions that will benefit host countries and the people who fled this tragic war.”

The online survey will capture the experiences and views of all adults and their children who left Ukraine to come to the EU to escape the war. The questions cover issues related to work, education, housing and healthcare. The survey also includes questions about language learning, integration, as well as experiences of discrimination and racism.

The survey runs in Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. It closes in September.

People fleeing from the war in Ukraine can fill in the survey in English, Ukrainian or Russian.

FRA aims to release the survey findings in 2023.

The survey is part of a range of FRA activities looking into the war’s fundamental rights implications in the EU.

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