Estonia expresses cultural preference for Ukrainian refugees

Article in biggest Estonian weekly:
“New idea: 2000 Ukrainian refugees to Estonia?!”

Minisrty of Internal Affair’s vice chancellor of internal security has written a private paper arguing for accepting refugees from Ukraine rather than Africa and ME. Prime minister has also mentioned this on weekly press briefing.

Estonia needs both skilled and unskilled labor otherwise we are facing lack of labor. “Immigration is necessary in 20-30 year perspective”. He doesn’t mention the africans and middleeasterns.

We already have 30000 Ukrainians many with relatives in Ukraine. If people have relatives here they will assimilate quicker. They are also not supporters of Putin.

The more we voluntarily accept Ukrainians the less we have to accept people from other third countries.

The risks of accepting Ukrainians are smaller than risks.