Ukrainian refugees in Denmark: hard to find a job because of the language barrier

War in Ukraine brought a new migration to the whole of Europe. No exception is Denmark. Nearly 62 % of Ukrainian refugees are women. Most of them have children and need to pay for accommodation, food, or other expenses. Furthermore, the women who came from the war zone have experienced brutal acts and feel the need of support.  

Red Cross Second Hand Shop. Photo by Goda Ponomariovaitė 

Danish Refugee Council Senior Advisor Sine Hav says that some of the Ukrainian women are in the struggle to find a job in Denmark. ‘Usually, they speak only in Russian but here in Denmark most of the employers are looking for Danish or English-speaking people,’ she claims. However, those who are staying in asylum centres find new connections with other refugees from Ukraine.  

Ukrainian Sofija Skidan, now located in Copenhagen, got used here only after 6 months. ‘I really want to return to my native land in Ukraine. Well, life has made its own adjustments.’ she says. Sofija is now living in a hostel with other Ukrainians and feels safe again after the bombings in her home city Kramatorsk. ‘There are many people who wants to help us. Everyone is friendly,’ she asserts.  

Non-governmental organizations such as Red Cross and Caritas run activities for Ukrainian refugees, for instance, social cafes, language and homework training, or one-to-one relationships called Friends Show the Way.  

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Infographics. Made by Goda Ponomariovaitė