The goal of the project is to obtain a comprehensive assessment of the practice of crossing Ukrainian borders by Ukrainian citizens and foreigners in order to increase the level of mobility and to create an entry policy that is friendlier for foreigners. The assessment includes task to identify and explore the scale of problems faced by citizens of Ukraine, EU member states and countries of the “migration risk” during crossing the state border, as well as to evaluate the new system of biometric verification and identification of the foreigners.
Within the project, a methodology for collecting data on the practice of crossing the border will be developed. It will include interviewing citizens of Ukraine and foreigners about their experience of crossing the border and obsevation of the work of border crossing points. The data collection will be conducted at the 22 passenger and automobile checkpoints in 5 regions of Ukraine (on the border with Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Russia).
The project team will also conduct an analysis of legislation on border management.
An analytical report with the recommendations will be created based on the results of the study. This report will be verified through the consultations with stakeholders of the appropriate authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania.
Support: International Renaissance Foundation, European program
Term: February 2018 – October 2018