Ukrainian Refugees Seek Jobs And Normalcy, But Find It Hard To Do So
According to the government authorities, nearly a quarter of a million Ukrainian refugees who have escaped the Russian invasion of Ukraine have arrived in the United States. Many of these people are leaving behind family members and friends, their lives and their livelihoods. Some of those left behind are unsure of when they will see each other again.
Refugees Who Have Been Uprooted From Their Lives
It is a long journey for those escaping the fighting, who are traveling to America. Indeed, the number who make it to the US represents a much smaller part of those fleeing. Estimates of as many as 12 million Ukrainians have fled after Russia invaded their country in February of last year, with many still trying to leave. Of those who arrived in America, some came in as recently as last month.
Many of the immigrants desire to work, study, and attend college. These refugees are hardworking, well-educated people. They have skills and qualifications. Many are not content to sit back and feed off the system.
Obstacles To Establishing Themselves
Despite their skills, the refugees face many challenges as they try to integrate themselves into American society. Ukrainians are frequently prevented from working in their sector of choice due to linguistic problems. Some are having difficulties trying to enrol in college or obtaining professional certificates for their previous fields.
Since most Ukrainian refugees are women and children, they must also deal with childcare difficulties. In addition, they may encounter challenges such as American institutions not acknowledging their degrees or a lack of assistance in their search for white-collar jobs. For many, the job market here shares little with what they are more familiar with back home.
These Refugees Can Fill A Need
For the most part, American society needs the skills and qualifications these refugees bring. In some states, there are hundreds of thousands of job vacancies, and the Ukrainian refugees bring with them applicable skills. Whether there is sufficient help from companies and community-based organizations to assist the refugees in making the required changes is the question.
These are professionals with advanced skills, such as scientists, medical professionals, military officers, educators, and technicians. They can fill roles that American society desperately needs, yet they are among those frantically looking for employment. They have more to offer than the typical refugee employment in factories, warehouses, and retail establishments.
Overcoming The Challenges They Face
For immigrants or refugees, finding employment requires more than just being in the right place at the right time. It also requires knowledge of potential hiring process differences in the US.
Career development specialists advise people to start looking for employment or job titles that are comparable to their previous careers, then get in touch with the recruiting managers of those companies. Without a network of links, things can be difficult.
In an effort to provide some assistance, more than a few support groups have been formed in many US cities. These groups offer aid to arriving refugees, helping them find housing. Some also assign guides to the refugees that help them assimilate into American society.
Calls For The Government To Step In
The United States Government made a significant announcement has made it possible for Ukrainian refugees to enter the country easily. In April, President Biden pledged to accept Ukrainian refugees escaping Russia’s invasion. Arrangements were made mechanism for Ukrainian nationals and members of their close relatives who live abroad to enter the US and stay for a brief two-year parole period.
However, a lot of people want the government to take greater action. Some contend that the refugees require long-term protection as well. They demand that the government provide long-term assistance and a stable route to creating a life and a long-term status.
The Current Situation In Ukraine
Some experts predict that the Russian war effort may come to a rather anticlimactic end. With no end in sight, some are suggesting that a tentative ceasefire with both sides making compromises is the best option. Faced with stiffer than expected resistance, the Russian offensive has been subjected to a prolonged conflict, which has ground to a stalemate.
The strain on the Russian chain of command is showing, with strategic attacks becoming more sporadic. Indeed, the Russian offensive is showing misfires, with a stray missile entering Belarusian airspace just yesterday. Russia is deliberately targeting infrastructures such as power generation and road networks, trying to cripple Ukrainian morale.
Those less than stellar tactics are having a devastating effect on communities and those who still remain in Ukraine. More so as nine months have passed since the start of the Russian invasion and Ukraine is now in the dead of winter. Snow has covered all of the demolished buildings in Ukraine, and the untouched buildings are left without heating or power.
But those who managed to reach the US are in desperate need of help. In the best-case scenario, a person would qualify for a TPS or parole for 2 years, but those options are not leading to a green card or permanent residency, and are only a temporary “fix” for a problem. A Ukrainian Adjustment Act, a law that would allow eligible Ukrainians to file for green cards would help to provide some stability for the nationals left without a home and will help to unite families which are separated by the war…