19 February

LIVES ON HOLD - INTENTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES OF REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE is the third assessment report developed with joint efforts of World Vision and UNHCR. The report indicates the main needs and priorities of refugees from Ukraine and provides an evidence-based overview of the situation to facilitate tailored interventions in Georgia.  As the conflict enters a third year, this survey goes beyond basic and immediate needs, and explores in more detail the issues of education, employment and self-reliance.

Key recommendations: Considering the prevailing uncertainty among Ukrainians regarding their long-term stay in Georgia, it is important that the focus remains on short to medium-term interventions that assure the basic needs of these individuals are met, contributing to their well-being and stability during this period. Ukrainians are great self-organisers and have strong community networks, significantly contributing to outreach, information sharing and
psychological well-being through mutual support. Offering spaces and opportunities for community activities and supporting the initiatives of newly established refugee-led CSOs have a significant positive impact on refugee wellbeing.

The international community should additionally contribute in the following priority areas:

  • Education and child wellbeing: More support and encouragement are needed for parents, children and teachers to enroll in face-to-face education and co-curricular activities appropriate to the age group. Opportunities for social interaction and educational engagement should be explored and supported. Support to the Ministry of Education to strengthen the system for refugee children, including appropriate language and psychosocial support, would particularly benefit children from Ukraine living far from the Ukrainian sector schools in central Tbilisi and Batumi.
  • Employment and entrepreneurship:  Enhancing financial well-being is key to ensuring that Ukrainians are in a better position to afford accommodation and meet their basic needs. Approximately half of those surveyed who were unemployed said they would be unable to accept job offers because of family responsibilities. Childcare and support for single parents and full-time caregivers are important enablers for self-reliance.
  • Social and financial assistance: This continues to be needed from the international community to assist the most vulnerable families and individuals, complementing the limited assistance provided by the state. It is crucial that effective targeting criteria and case management are in place to ensure that the assistance reaches the most vulnerable households.

Please download the full document from this link -  Assessment Report (ENG).