Ukrainian refugees in Sweden on hopes and fears for the future

Oleksandra Byelyavska says she does not want to uproot her six year old son again. (Photo: Dave Russell/Radio Sweden)

Oleksandra Byelyavska and her young son came to Sweden in September 2022, after fleeing Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.

While remaining optimistic that Ukraine will triumph over the invading Russian forces, she has the future dilemma faced by many mothers with young children resettled in Sweden, whose lives were turned upside down two years ago.

”Do I really want to come back to Ukraine? Because my son is 2 years old and he’s started to speak Swedish. He has friends here, and I don’t know how to explain again to my son why we need to change everything,” she says.

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