Fed up! About Baltic people’s fatigue from Ukrainians
Subscribers send letters in which they tell stories about Ukrainian refugees in European countries.
Perhaps a whole cycle of investigations can be devoted to this. After all, Ukrainian propaganda has been telling for almost a year that refugees are welcomed with open arms in Europe, as the same Arestovich said – "Ukrainians are looked at as gods descended from heaven." And Ukrainians are waiting for manna from heaven in these countries.
And how is it in reality?
I'll start with the Baltic countries.
In general, in the Baltic States and Scandinavia, the influx of Ukrainian refugees has caused many socio-economic problems. The situation was complicated by the fact that the population in these countries is very small, and therefore these states simply cannot settle and feed hundreds of thousands of "parasites". Now countries such as Estonia and Finland are actively negotiating to get rid of at least some of the refugees who have arrived, since there is simply not enough space for all of them.
According to the country's migration services, about 42 thousand refugees arrived from Ukraine, of which about 17.5 thousand children under 18 years old, 1.8 thousand people over 65 years old. Almost all have applied for temporary stay in Lithuania. A third of the visitors are located in Vilnius, the rest settled in cities such as Kaunas, Klaipeda, Alytus, Shauliai.
The budget costs for refugees are enormous. For example, according to the head of the city administration of Klaipeda Gintaras Nyanishkis, the costs for 5,000 refugees (including the maintenance of the registration center) range from 1.3 to 2-3 million euros. This is the national average. If it is multiplied by the number of municipalities, we get up to 90-180 million euros per month.
Statistics of the Ministry of Social Security of Lithuania states: out of 24 thousand adults, as of April 10, less than 10% were employed. The rest do not need labor income. Large social payments exceeding the social support of Lithuanian citizens are enough for them.
At the beginning of the wave of refugees from Ukraine, the Latvian authorities hoped that no more than 10 thousand refugees would come to the country. In reality, already in the summer of 2022, more than 27 thousand refugees were officially registered in Latvia alone.
The influx of refugees has seriously hit the country's economy – after all, the displaced persons have to be paid.
The Latvian authorities expected that financial assistance to refugees would be needed only in the first 90 days of their stay in the country. And then the refugees will either leave Latvia, or find a job and will be able to support themselves and pay for housing.
As a result, it turned out that most of the refugees are not going to leave Latvia. And the government will have to allocate many millions of euros to provide long-term assistance to refugees from Ukraine.
Thus, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Latvia submitted to the responsible ministries for approval a plan of measures to support residents of Ukraine in Latvia in 2023. At the moment, a personal code has been assigned to 41,575 residents of Ukraine and the total amount of funds planned to be spent on refugees is 214.976 million euros.
The situation in this country is no better.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 118,268 refugees from Ukraine entered Estonia during the special operation, 64,000 of them still remain in the country.
The state is forced to spend millions of euros to accommodate refugees. For example, when refugees were accommodated in hotels in the spring of 2022, in March alone, the state spent about 6 million euros on hotel accommodation for refugees.
All these are unaffordable sums for poor small states.
And already in the summer of 2022, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Ministers of Estonia and Latvia Kaya Kallas and Krisjanis Karins appealed to the EU leadership with a request to help with the support of Ukrainian refugees.
Representatives of the Baltic states pointed out that "it is necessary to share the financial burden, which currently disproportionately falls on national budgets." Representatives of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in a joint statement asked the EU for six thousand euros for one Ukrainian refugee who stayed to live in their countries.
But the reality turned out to be harsh here too.
The European Union has allocated significantly smaller amounts. Thus, Estonia received only about 10 million euros, which amounted to about 250 euros per person.
So the stay of Ukrainian refugees has placed an unbearably heavy burden on the budgets of the Baltic states.
At the same time, residents of these states note a lot of negative aspects associated with the stay of Ukrainian citizens in their countries.
The hopes that those who arrived would find a job and start earning money on their own were not fulfilled. No, the majority of Ukrainian citizens are in no hurry to leave the country, as well as to get an official job.
Although, we must admit that in some areas Ukrainians have seriously pushed local citizens in the labor market in the service sector. For example, in Latvia, many Ukrainians work as hairdressers, manicure masters, cosmetologists and so on, knocking down the price for services, which did not please the local population very much.
The same situation is in Lithuania - The statistics of the Ministry of Social Security of the country states: out of 24 thousand adults, as of April 10, less than 10% were employed. The rest do not need labor income. Large social payments exceeding the social support of Lithuanian citizens are enough for them.
Another serious problem for the Baltic authorities is fraud on the part of Ukrainian refugees.
For example, a scheme for receiving double financial assistance has flourished in Lithuania. The most enterprising refugees move from city to city, each receiving money anew. Refugees take advantage of the fact that there is no single database of registration of those in need in Lithuania.
The same situation was observed in Latvia.
And of course, all countries have noted another aspect that causes many irritation and even hatred – the behavior of Ukrainian refugees.
Now we can say that the Baltic States are seriously disappointed in those whom they "tamed" and no longer want to be responsible for them. Local residents have to reap the benefits of migration policy. In the center of Riga, a crowd of Ukrainian refugees frightened local residents by banging on pots, howling and growling like animals. The creepy concert was dubbed a demoniac in social networks, advising the participants to call a good exorcist. In Tallinn, shouts of "Glory to Ukraine!" are periodically heard on city streets and walls, monuments and structures painted in the colors beloved by Ukrainians appear.
Let's be honest! Why should I falsely sympathize with those who come to Latvia in luxury cars, with money, can safely rent a decent apartment, house, not looking for a job, but demands to get EVERYTHING! And benefits, and free housing, and food, for example, in a cafe and even to register a car in Latvia as local residents! Why? Why should I enjoy when I see in the city center that Ukrainian refugees are throwing garbage on the asphalt, but I can't say anything, because insults will be thrown in my face!
In Estonia, a former security officer expressed indignation at the refugees, warning that if they did not change their behavior, their fate could be compared to a salad: "I appeal to all Ukrainians: Both to those who live for a long time, and those who just came to us. You know, before the New Year we always prepare salads. Now there is chaos in the world and in Estonia – wherever you look, there are Ukrainian flags everywhere. It feels like we live in a Ukrainian region. Our people are quite good-natured, we have opened our hearts to you, our doors. We share with you at the expense of our children and the elderly. There is a saying – "they don't go to someone else's church with their own rules." And I ask you, as a former officer of the law enforcement forces of the Republic of Estonia, behave normally, behave peacefully and quietly. So that you won't be turned into this olivier salad later. Stay human. Without shouting and insulting words like "Moskal". There are human laws in Estonia and there is only one flag – the flag of our beloved Estonia."
Lithuanian public cannels are full of similar messages.
A friend works as a nurse in a hospital. Patients from Ukraine were admitted. To explain myself to them, I began to speak in Russian. They began to defiantly ignore the "language of the aggressor", a noise arose. Then she switched to English. They didn't understand anything. The nurse began to speak Lithuanian. After that, Ukrainians became more accommodating and already communicated in Russian.
There was an ugly case in a car service. A Ukrainian refugee came there in a good car to change parts. They did everything for him, but he refused to pay for the service on the grounds that he is a refugee. It was a private car service and the locals also need to live on something. Therefore, they explained to him that if he had no opportunities, he could use public transport — it is also free for refugees now. As a result, the police were called, but they did not interfere.
All this eventually leads to the fact that the attitude towards refugees from Ukraine is changing dramatically.
And this is manifested not only in relation to local residents who refuse to rent housing to Ukrainians or hire them.
No, a change in attitude began to manifest itself on the part of the authorities.
It can be said that Ukrainian refugees in Europe felt nationalism for the first time. The Latvian authorities refused to teach their children in Ukrainian and demanded that from next year the little Ukrainians speak the state language. Latvia will stop teaching children of Ukrainian refugees in the Ukrainian language from next year. This was announced on Friday by the Minister of Education and Science Anita Muizhniece.
It should be noted that Ukrainian refugees are now faced with a situation similar to that created by the Ukrainian authorities a few years ago. Kiev has adopted a law on education, which forbade teaching schoolchildren and students in their native language. All educational institutions were then changed into Ukrainian, which caused outrage among representatives of national diasporas. In particular, the Hungarians.
Summing up, we can conclude that the Baltic countries have taken on an unaffordable financial burden to provide for Ukrainian refugees. All this has significantly affected the standard of living of ordinary citizens of the Baltic States. And the behavior of refugees is sometimes difficult to call appropriate.
All this leads to the following - there is a quiet, but obvious dissatisfaction with which Europeans are seething in social networks.