Expats living in Makiivka, known locally as the Coal Mining Centre, benefit from local mining industries that have been established in the area for over one hundred years. Makiivka is part of the Donetsk Oblast region, located in the east of Ukraine. The neighboring city of Donetsk is easily accessible via train and Ukraine has an extensive rail network in general that connects all of the major cities making visiting the rest of the country easy and cheap. Expatriates in Makiivka will further find that the city has a great local public transport system with trams and trolleybuses connecting all areas of the city. It is also home to the Makiivka Orthodox Cathedral, famous for its architectural beauty and especially for the black domes that rest atop the building and a must see for any newly arrived expat in Makiivka. And any expatriate who is contemplating living in Makiivka should also note that although the state language of Ukraine is Ukrainian, as with other Southern and Eastern Ukrainian cities, the main language used in Makiivka is Russian.
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Moving to Makiivka can be done via road, rail, or air. There are two international airports nearby: Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport and Luhansk International Airport, both around 30 minutes’ drive away. However, relocating to a foreign city can be daunting, especially if you do not speak the language, and organizing visas and insurance before you leave can prove to be a hassle when you don’t know how to navigate the system. InterNations makes it possible to connect with other expatriates in the area and find a sense of community and home amongst people whom you share a language and culture with. InterNations provides online social networking opportunities such as discussion groups, forums, and a private messages system. Since InterNations is a global network, it can also help you connect with people living in other nearby Ukrainian cities, as well as bordering countries such as Russia, Moldova, or Belarus. It is after all the locals and expats living in Makiivka who will be able to provide you with up to date, local information.
Expatriates with experience in mining and steel working have been drawn to the employment opportunities in Makiivka as it is a metallurgical and coal mining center. InterNations social networking platforms can help you connect with possible employers and co-workers. There are of course other concerns when choosing to relocate, especially if you have children. However, expats working in Makiivka need not worry, Ukraine is known for its excellent free public education system, the country has an estimated 99.4% literacy rate, health care is also provided free of charge to all registered citizens. And InterNations’ Expat Magazine can be used to help you further navigate some of these concerns. It provides you with intimate user contributed content as well as in-house articles on such topics as international insurance, dealing with culture shock, communicating cross culturally, personal experiences, expatriation and even repatriation should you choose to move back home.