Around 4,000 Ukrainians studying in Latvia

The latest Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) estimate published April 16 shows that around 4,000 Ukrainian citizens with temporary protection status in Latvia were registered with Latvian education institutions on 1 January 2024.

At the beginning of 2024, in general education institutions at pre-primary, primary and secondary level there were around 3.7 thousand Ukrainian citizens having the status of temporary protection in Latvia, in vocational education institutions around 140, and in tertiary education institutions just over 100.

Employment of Ukrainians

State Revenue Service data show that 8.7 thousand Ukrainian citizens were registered as employees at the beginning of 2024.

In terms of economic activities, the largest share of Ukrainians was employed in industry (22.8 %), followed by accommodation and food service activities (13.3 %), as well as wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (13.0 %). Financial, insurance, scientific, administrative and real estate activities employed 11.1 % and construction 9.0 %.

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In terms of occupations, 38.7 % of the employed Ukraine citizens (registered as employees) were engaged in elementary occupations (e.g., were domestic, hotel and office cleaners and helpers, kitchen helpers, shelf fillers, etc.), 16.1 % were craft and related trades workers, 14.8 % service and sales workers, 12.7 % professionals as well as technicians and associate professionals, and 0.9 % managers.

CSB estimates show that only 60 % of the Ukraine citizens having the status of temporary protection in Latvia and having registered their residence in Latvia were living here permanently at the beginning of 2023.

Since the start of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, more than 44,000 Ukrainian citizens have found refuge in Latvia according to Eurostat figures.

Tempoerary protection for Ukrainians in EU, Feb 2024
Tempoerary protection for Ukrainians in EU, Feb 2024

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