This is what Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated during a TV interview. She reminded that 4.8 million internally displaced persons are currently registered in Ukraine. Their actual number is about 7 million.
According to the official, the state is trying to support IDPs in every way possible. Last year, 55 billion hryvnias were paid from the budget for housing assistance. They receive humanitarian aid, food packages, clothing, and basic necessities. The government’s eRobota project is also being successfully implemented, with grants available under 6 programs.
“However, assistance should not be limited to this. It should be multifaceted. This includes socialization of IDPs in their new place of residence, assistance in finding employment, and receiving all the benefits that apply to other residents. They should not wait with an outstretched hand, but become full-fledged members of communities. At the same time, they should feel their own independence and be confident in the near future of themselves, their children and parents. That is why our task in 2023 is to find as many tools as possible to do this, including the help of our international partners,” summarized Iryna Vereshchuk.