Low wages and unpredictability driving Ukraine’s brain drain
As of January, Ukraine’s population was 42.3 million people according to the State Statistics Service. In 2017 alone, the country’s population decreased by 198,000.
But others say the population might be much lower than the official figures.
It’s difficult to establish Ukraine’s actual population, and it could vary anywhere between 35-45 million, Mikhaylov said. Of those, only up to 15 million people are paying taxes.
Ukraine’s IT professionals tend to be those who can more easily afford to emigrate from Ukraine. Ukraine’s DOU.ua, a popular online IT community, carried out a survey back in December 2017 among more than 8,000 Ukrainian IT professionals. Of those, 4 percent already emigrated, 9 percent are in the process of emigrating and 43 percent are considering a move.
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