Over half of Ukrainian refugees in Czechia faced aggression - poll

Over half of Ukrainian refugees in Czechia faced aggression - poll

Among Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic, 57% faced verbal abuse over their origin, and 5% experienced physical assaults.

As reported by Ukrinform with reference to Vinegret.cz, this is evidenced by a survey run by the PAQ Research.

Participants were asked to say if they or any of their family members experienced verbal/physical attacks during their stay in the Czech Republic because they are from Ukraine.

More than half of the respondents (57%) answered that they had experienced some sort of verbal aggression because of their Ukrainian origin, while 5% reported they had been physically assaulted.

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The authors of the study found that Ukrainians under the age of 40 are much more likely to be verbally attacked because of their origin (62%) than older people (30%). In addition, women face aggression more often than men.

The field where refugees work also plays a role, the study shows. Thus, in the field of services, 67% of Ukrainian workers experienced verbal attacks.

"The authors were alarmed by the fact that among the refugees who faced physical violence because of their origin, 14% were single parents with two or more children. It often refers to physical attacks between children. However, in single-parent families with two parents and several children, only 6% of respondents reported such an experience," the report states.

The study was run in June 2023, covering 1,425 refugee families – a total of 3,789 people, including 1,203 children aged 3 to 17.

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