Over a million people left Ukraine last year

22.02.2018, Kiev.

Over 100 thousand people leave Ukraine every month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on February 21 at the International Conference on Reforms in Ukraine, Lenta.ru reports.

 “In the past year alone, over one million Ukrainians have left Ukraine. Look, when 100 thousand Ukrainians leave Ukraine every month, it is not only because of higher salaries. The point is the vision of the future and living standard in general,” Klimkin said.

He also spoke about his visit to a Polish school in Ivano-Frankovsk. According to Klimkin, there are almost no Poles among the students of the school, but Ukrainian children study Polish because they dream of leaving for Poland.

It is noteworthy that Ukraine’s population today cannot be accurately reported, because the latest census took place in 2001. For that date, Ukraine’s population was 48.5 million.

Experts predict that Ukraine’s population will halve to around 20 million by the end of the 21st century. The main reasons are believed to be mass emigration, high mortality, and a low birth rate.

Source: Rossa Primavera news agency

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