The Ukrainian Ambassador to Lithuania Petro Beshta has said, that Lithuania has settled more than 50,000 Ukrainians who fled the war torn country, with a third of them already employed.
The Ambassador said Lithuania re providing “everything necessary” for the Ukrainian refugees.
Beshta gave a briefing at the Ukraine Media Center on Thursday, the Ambassador said, “Lithuania received Ukrainian citizens, now temporarily displaced persons, in an amount that corresponds to 1.8% of the total population.
“This is a very large figure for a state like Lithuania, but they continue to accept Ukrainians and provide everything necessary. More than 50,000”
He said the total population of Lithuania is 2.7m people and Beshta said a third of Ukrainians who arrived in the country have already been employed.
He added, “As of now, one third of the adult population of Ukrainians who can work has already been employed.
“They receive an average salary of about €900.
“Another third are looking for this job.
“And the other third, probably, has not yet decided, because there is also a psychological barrier for Ukrainians, and everyone is talking about it – Lithuanians and Ukrainians: that our people are not always ready to look at their stay in Lithuania so long-term, to look for work, because each of us, we all believe that the war will end quickly and they will return home soon,” he said.
The ambassador added, that 500 Ukrainians in Lithuania have already spoken with the authorities over their plans to return to Ukraine.
“We cannot accurately verify whether they returned and in what condition, but this trend is already emerging,” Beshta added.