Launch of Research Network on Ukrainian Migration

Various Speakers, UNU-MERIT ; Migration Policy Centre, EUI ; University of Warsaw

On November 8, 2022, we will launch the newly created Research Network on Ukrainian Migration at the United Nations University-Merit in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The Research Network on Ukrainian Migration is a collaboration between the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw; Migration Policy Centre, EUI; Maastricht University; and the United Nations University-MERIT. 

Registrations for the event are now open through the following link, and you can find the schedule of the event below. 

About the Research Network on Ukrainian Migration.

This project aims to bring together institutions and researchers working on Ukrainian migration to cooperate on new research, information dissemination, seminars, funding and more. Given the current ongoing war in Ukraine and the subsequent displacement of people, the Network will tackle issues around mobility from and within Ukraine as well as issues of reception, integration (social, economic, labour, etc.), remittances, return and reintegration, recovery, development and related topics.

The Network takes a comparative approach when possible to these issues. Comparison could take the form of comparisons with other forced migrant groups in Europe (and beyond) and/or comparisons across receiving countries of Ukrainian migrants. Long-term demographic perspectives for Ukraine and the rest of Europe will also be researched and discussed within this network. This project aims to become a key information source on migration and mobility to, from and within Ukraine.

About the event

During this launch event, we will bring together key stakeholders dealing with Ukrainian migration/displacement to discuss current cutting-edge research in the field as well as practical solutions to challenges. The event will deal with topics such as the current displacement situation and access to services and integration in European countries, public attitudes towards Ukrainian migrants and the practical implementation of the temporary protection directive in the EU. This event will be held in person in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with an option to participate online.

Final Program

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Network

  • Melissa Siegel (UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University)
  • Andrew Geddes (EUI-MPC)


9:15- 11:15 Current Ukrainian Migration/Displacement Situation

  • Oleksii Poznyak (Ptoukha Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) (Online): Internal displacement in Ukraine before and after February 2022
  • Iuliia Lashchuk (EUI): Ukrainian displacement
  • Raül Hernández Sagrera (Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson) (Online): EU Perspective on Ukrainian Displacement in the EU
  • Pawel Kaczmarczyk and Agata Gorny (University of Warsaw): Ukrainian migrants during the war - socio-economic profiles, current challenges and mobility prospects in Poland
  • Discussant: Olga Kupets (Kiev School of Economics) (online)


11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:45 Attitudes

  • Andrew Geddes and Lenka Drazanova (EUI-MPC): Understanding public attitudes to Ukrainian displacement.
  • Natalia Letki (University of Warsaw): War Hasn't Changed Anything: Attitudes towards Refugees at the Onset of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine


12:45- 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-15:00 Policy: Temporary Protection Directive Implementation

  • Henriet Baas (EUI, Dept. of Law) (online): Tracking implementation of the Temporary Protection directive


15:00-15:15 Closing and way forward

Pawel Kaczmarczyk (University of Warsaw)

15:15 Reception

Media Credits by Czarek Sokolowskils/AP Photo

Date: 08 November 2022

Time: 11:30 - 12:00  CEST