27 October 2016

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Research: Highly educated people actively flee occupied Crimea, Donbas

Highly educated people were most actively fleeing the Russia-annexed Crimea and occupied areas in Donbas in eastern Ukraine amid Russian aggression, according to a recent demographic research.

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About 1.7 million IDPs from Donbas and Crimea had been registered as of September 26, 2016 / Photo from UNIAN

"Highly educated people were most actively leaving the uncontrolled areas. Almost 50% of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) have higher or incomplete higher education," leading research officer of Ptukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies under the Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, analyst Anna Gvelesiani said while presenting the research titled "The Position of Internally Displaced Persons and their Integration into Hosting Communities."

Experts predict population crisis in Ukraine this year due to warAbout 1.7 million internally displaced persons from Donbas and Crimea had been registered as of September 26, 2016, according to the Social Policy Ministry, she said.

The number of IDPs in 2016 has become stable after an almost two-year-long constant growth, the analyst said.

"There is no considerable increase in arrivals of IDPs today. They have settled mainly in the areas close to the conflict zone and very often in Kyiv and Kyiv region," she said.

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