The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is growing, the chairman of Kharkiv Regional State Administration (KRSA) Igor Rainin has stated.
“There are now 220,000 IDPs in the Kharkiv region, but it’s only officially registered people. A figure of 400,000 would be more realistic. And the number of IDPs is growing, not decreasing,” the governor said.
Rainin said about 30% of IDPs are willing to stay in the region. “But there is another situation: some IDPs were offered jobs, not prestigious ones. For example, a watchman in the parking lot, but they’ve refused it.
“Of course, the fact that IDPs want to stay in Kharkiv is a problem for the region as there is a certain level of unemployment among Kharkiv’s residents,” noted Rainin.