A new phase of an EU-funded project aiming to support the reintegration of veterans across Ukraine will be launched soon. It will run until May 2022 and will expand its activities across the country.
This project builds on the successful results of a previous EU-funded pilot initiative implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from 2018-2020.
The project, developed in close partnership with the Ministry for Veterans’ Affairs, will support veterans’ successful transition to civilian life by assisting them, their families and communities.
Activities will be based on a nationwide survey on veterans and their families, and the challenges they face in readjusting to civilian life. In line with the survey, the project will provide tailored economic recovery assistance, qualified mental health and psychosocial support, as well as social cohesion opportunities and capacity development for key service providers.
According to the Ministry for Veterans’ Affairs of Ukraine, there are over 378,000 veterans of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The IOM, with EU support, found that more than a third of veterans interviewed as part of a household survey conducted in 2019, felt excluded from society, while 49% said they had faced bias or unfair treatment.
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