Cross-border cooperation at the time of crisis on neighbor’s soil


The aim of the project is to work-out the recommendations for the V4 policies in the face of Ukrainian crisis (Russia’s seizure of Crimea, armed conflict in Donbass, and economic recession). We assume that the ongoing crisis increases migration pressure and impacts regional and local, crossborder links and cooperation, in the borderlands. Since the 1990s, various forms of partnership and cooperation on both, official and grassroots levels, have been established in the Ukrainian-Polish, Ukrainian-Slovak and Ukrainian-Hungarian borderlands. Ukraine has also faced emigration to the V4 countries, mainly to Poland and the Czech Republic. We are planning to establish a network of experts: academics, policy-makers, NGOs and local municipalities from the respective countries, hold an international workshop and publish the expertise. We claim that this kind of expertise is needed regardless of the way the situation in Ukraine develops in the nearest months as the outcome of the crisis would be sensed long after the conflict ends.

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2015 - 2016

Source of funding

International Visegrad Fund:


Uzhhorod National University (Ukraine)
Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia)
Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
Geographical Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)