#Commentary of Vladimir Bidyovka on reasons for return of Donetsk People’s Republic’s inhabitants to their homes
Ukrainian media reported that in Ukraine the number of internally displaced persons has significantly decreased, that is, the settlers return home to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The numbers vary depending on the sources, but one thing is clear: this is a mass phenomenon.
The Ukrainian media in their materials refer to the monitoring of the UN, the data of Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy, the poll of the Charitable Foundation “Right to Defense.” According to different data, from 13% to 45% of the residents who had left earlier have returned to the Republic. The mass character of this process is also confirmed by our internal republican statistics. So, according to the annual report of Acting Minister of Justice Elena Radomskaya, the migration growth of the population in the Republic for 2017 increased 6.4 times as compared to 2016.
Naturally, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine gives the lowest figures for “returnees”. For them, the number of settlers is a financial issue. So, in 2017, the amount of targeted assistance to internally displaced persons to cover living expenses amounted to 2.79 billion hryvnia. This figure makes the sources of statistical data in Ukraine understandable.
But for us it is not even the exact number of returnees that is important, but a much more interesting indicator – these are the reasons for the return. And there are two reasons: the stabilization of the situation in the DPR and the absence (at high rental prices) of own housing in Ukraine.
It should be noted that the availability of own housing cannot be the only reason for returning home. After all, going back, not counting on a certain income, is not the most sensible act.
Therefore, of course, the return of residents to the Republic speaks about where people are better. In this case, we are talking not only about reducing the number of shelling, but also about the effectiveness of the work of the authorities, stabilization of the economic situation, the work of mechanisms for the social protection of the population, the growth in the number of jobs in the Republic, and, consequently, the development of Donbass industry. As they say, the figures in this case are more eloquent than words.
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy