Kyiv School of Economics invites to attend an academic seminar “International Migration from Ukraine: Will Trends Increase or Go into Reverse?" by Hanna Vakhitova, Kyiv School of Economics. The seminar will be held in English online via Zoom. To get a link please register below.
Date&Time:Thursday, April 15, 17:00 (Kyiv time).
Abstract.Ukraine remains today one of the main migrant sending countries in Europe, with thousands of Ukrainians working in Czechia, Italy, Poland and Russia. In this regard, Ukraine shares the previous experience of Central European countries such as the Baltic States, Poland and Slovakia, that in the 1990s and early 2000s registered first temporary, and later permanent, outflows. In more recent years, however, many Central and Eastern European countries started to register increasing numbers of immigrants and some of them have switched from net sending to net receiving migration regimes. The objective of this article is to discuss the possibility of a similar turnaround in Ukraine; to this end, we investigate the main quantitative data on migration from and to Ukraine, and interpret this information in the light of selected theoretical approaches that have been used to explain migration in Central and Eastern Europe. The available data reveal high levels of labour emigration of both temporary and permanent character, the increasing propensity of migrants to settle down in the host countries, and the growing involvement of the youngest cohorts in the emigration. Despite this evidence we argue that the current situation by no means constitutes a premise for reversing the outflow from Ukraine. We conclude that the most recent improvements in general economic indicators will not lead to high levels of immigration without an active labour market policy towards foreigners
About the speaker.Hanna Vakhitova is an Assistant professor at KSE. She received Ph.D. in Economics at University of Kentucky in 2006 having previously obtained Master’s degree in Economics at Economic Education and Research Consortium in 1999.
Her fields of specialization are migration and labor economics, education and development. Respectively to her scientific interеsts she provides consultations on issues connected with migration, labour market and social assistance system.
Hanna was awarded with numerous grants from the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the Ministry of Social Protection of Ukraine; fellowships from University of Kentucky and Eurasia Foundation.
This seminar is enabled by the financial support from Sweden.