Debates “Ukrainian forced and labor migration to EU countries – current situation and potential”


Event will take place on 17 May 2017, from 10:00 to 12.00 in the informational agency “UKRINFORM”  (Kyiv, B. Khmelnitskogo Street, 8/16).

During the debates, with the participation of Ukrainian and international experts – will be discussed questions of the approach to the research and analysis of Ukrainian migration, including forced and labour migration to the EU, due to the changes in the political and economic situation in the country.

The large scale of the emigration was typical for Ukrainian society for a long time after the Soviet collapse in 1991. However, the regular migration routes and schemes that have been established in Ukraine for more than 20 years of independence have changed after the occupation of Crimean peninsula by Russia and the beginning of the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Moreover, in June 2017, for citizens of Ukraine, it is expected the launch of the visa-free regime with the EU, which may also affect areas and types of Ukrainian migration to the EU.

Agenda (open PDF)

09:45-10:00 – Registration

10:00-10:10 – Welcoming speech

  • Iryna Sushko, executive director, CO Europe without Barriers

10:10-11:00 – Speeches of debate participants:

  • Ukrainian forced and labor migration to EU countries on the eve of visa liberalization. Presentation of policy brief

Kateryna Kulchytska, analyst, CO Europe without Barriers

  • Ukrainian migration to Visegrad countries. Presentation of research “Ukrainian migration in times of crisis: forced and labour mobility”

Prof. Dusan Drbohlav, Ph.D., vice-head of the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czechia; and head of the Geomigrace – Geographic Migration Centre, co-author of the research

Dr. Marta Jaroszewicz, Migration project coordinator, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Warsaw, co-author of the research

  • Ukrainian labour migration to Russia and EU. Trends and forecasts.

Oleksiy Poznyak, C.E.S., head of Migration Studies Department, Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

  • Ukrainian migration to EU countries: current practices and migration moods

 Anastasiya Fitisova, analyst, CEDOS

11:00-11:40 – Open discussion

  • How did war and crisis in economics influenced the forced and labour mobility from Ukraine to EU countries?
  • Should Ukrainian citizens (especially IDPs) be included to potential forced and labour migrants to EU?
  • Should Ukraine’s EU neighbors (Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria) expext the influx of Ukrainian refugees and/or labour migrants
  • Are Russian military intervention, political repressions on occupied terrytories and expected visa liberalization between Ukraine and EU catalysts of Ukrainian forced and labour migration to EU?
  • What types of migration from Ukraine to EU prevail at the current time?

Invited to participate: representatives of EU countries embassies, EU Delegation, Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, State Migration Service, Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, Rada Committee for European Integration, International Organization for Migration, civic organizations and think tanks from Ukraine

11:40-12:00 – concluding remarks

12:00-12:30 – coffee break and communication

Working languages: Ukrainian, English (with simultaneous interpretation)

With the support of Ukrainian Think Tank Development Initiative implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) in partnership with the Think Tank Fund (TTF), and funded by the Swedish Embassy (SIDA)



Questions raised are basing the researchMonitoring of migration in Ukraine: forced and labour mobilitythat was conducted by experts from Ukraine, Czechia, Polandand Slovakia and supported by the Visegrad fund

Text of the research in English

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