Migration of Ukrainian Nationals to the European Union


The Research Group Ukrainian Migration to the European Union developed thanks to the seed funding provided by the IMISCOE network (https://www.imiscoe.org/). The activities carried out as part of this initiative led to the development of a research network of international scholars and experts, including those from Ukraine, which allowed to exchange ideas and research findings regarding migration of Ukrainian nationals to the EU. The network members are listed below.

The co-operation in the research network led to the organisation of a number of workshops: “Current State of Research on Ukrainian Migration: topics, methods and theoretical approaches” during the 8th Annual IMISCOE conference in Warsaw in 2011 (leading to the development of new initiatives, such as the Annotated Bibliography of Recent Ukrainian and Russian Language Sources on Ukrainian Labour Migration developed as part of the CARIM-EAST Research project),  “Changes in Migration of Ukrainian Nationals to the European Union: Two decades of research” organized during the 9th Annual IMISCOE conference in Amsterdam in 2012, “Patterns of Ukrainian Migration during the Economic Crisis” during the 10th Annual IMISCOE conference in Malmo in 2013, and the workshop on policies addressing irregular migration discussing the case of Ukrainian migrants in the EU, organised in Warsaw in March 2015.

Researchers from this network have contributed to a book Ukrainian Migration to the European Union:  Lessons from Migration Studies, edited by Marta Kindler and Olena Fedyuk, published as part of the IMISCOE-Springer Research Series in 2016. The book brings together leading scholars on Ukrainian emigration flows from 9 countries (including the leading Ukrainian migration research scholar from the US Cinzia Solari, University of Massachusetts), making it truly a transnational publication and the most comprehensive analysis of the Ukrainian migration flows in the EU and beyond. The volume is a cross-disciplinary project; as it bridges the gaps on national and linguistic knowledge production in respective countries as it scrutinizes Ukrainian migration from economic, historic, legislative, gender studies and migration studies perspectives.  The volume consists of two parts: the first takes a disciplinary approach, while the second provides selected country analysis of the migratory trends. The second part provides an overview of data available on migration of Ukrainian nationals to six EU countries: Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

In addition, a documentary movie related to this topic was made and  finalised in 2014 (the trailer is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pucx8NPGmc&feature=youtu.be…).


2011 - 2016

Source of funding

IMISCOE Research Network


  • Olena Fedyuk, Central European University: extensive research on female labor migration to Italy. Currently she is doing original field work on the effects of various forms of regularity on access to labor market and social security among Ukrainian migrants in Ireland and Italy. Most recent publications: forthcoming “Growing up with migration: Shifting roles and responsibilities within the transnational families of Ukrainian care-workers in Italy.” In In the Dark: Family Rights and Migrant Domestic Work. Eds. Kontos Maria and Glenda Tibe Bonifacio. 2012 “Images of transnational motherhood: the role of photographs in measuring time and maintaining connections between Ukraine and Italy.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. February 38(2).
  • Lucinda Fonseca and Sonia Pereira, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, University of Lisbon, Portugal: since 2010 these researchers are part of research project THEMIS, which includes Ukraine as one of its case studies. Their publications include: Fonseca, M. L., Pereira, S. et al. (2010) Immigration to Portugal from: Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Morocco and Ukraine.
  • Olga Kupets – National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine: extensive research on the economic aspects of migration of Ukrainian nationals. Recently involved in the CARIM-East project (EUI) where she prepared methodological note on migration statistics in Ukraine, analysed the development and the side effects of remittances in Ukraine, and compared the economic and demographic effect of labour migration in Ukraine and six more countries of the region and the ILO-EU project “Effective governance of labour migration and its skills dimensions” where she analysed the patterns and impacts of international mobility of Ukrainian teaching and research professionals.
  • Victoriya Volodko – Department of history and theory of sociology, History Faculty, Lviv National University of Ivan Franko, Lviv, Ukraine: research on the gender and family aspects of Ukrainian migration. forthcoming. The Respective Roles of Homemaker and Breadwinner as Perceived by Ukrainian Women Labor Migrants. Ed. by M. Rubchak. Berghahn Press; co-author Annotated Bibliography of Recent Ukrainian and Russian Language Sources on Ukrainian Labour Migration / CARIM-East Research Report — 2012/07, EUI.
  • Francesca Vianello, University of Padua, Italy: research experience on gender and temporal aspects of migration of Ukrainian nationals to Italy; author of a number of publications on that topic; recent publication “Ukrainian migrant women’s social remittances: Contents and effects on families left behind” Volume 10, Number 1, Migration Letters.
  • Yana Leontiyeva, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: research experience and author of publications on economic aspects of migration of Ukrainian nationals to the Czech Republic.
  • Petra Ezzeddine-Luksikova, The Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague (Department of Gender Studies and Department of General Anthropology)
  • Michaela Maroufof and Marina Nikolova, ELIAMEP, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy: research on the Ukrainian migration to Greece for the project “IRMA – Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries”, financed by the National Strategic Framework 2007-2013. and recent publication: May 2010 “Ukrainian and Georgian immigrants in Greece” in Anna Triandafyllidou, Thanos Maroukis (Ed) Migration in 21st Century Greece, Athens: Kritiki, in Greek , ‘“With all the cares in the world”: Irregular migrant domestic workers in Greece’ in A. Triandafyllidou (ed.) ‘Irregular Migrant Domestic Workers in Europe: Who Cares?’ , Aldershot: Ashgate to be published in March 2013 which examines domestic workers of different nationalities including Ukrainians.
  • Bastian Vollmer, University of Oxford, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society: has completed research on Ukraine in the framework EU-funded projects such as CLANDESTINO or EUMAGINE. One of his forthcoming publications in 2013 will be: Vollmer, B., Ukraine, Modern Era Migrations, in Ness, I. & M. Schrover (eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Mikolaj Stanek, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid: author of several book chapters and journal articles on Ukrainian migrants in Spain (Scripta Nova, Economics and Sociology).
  • Renata Hosnedlova, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid: she conducted research on personal social networks and formation of return/permanent settlement intentions of the Ukrainian immigrants in Spain. She has published various papers on Ukrainian migration to Spain.
  • Elisa Brey, University Complutense of Madrid.
  • Anna Triandafyllidou, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy: extensive research experience and author of publications on the topic of circulation.
  • Sabrina Marchetti, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI, Florence, Italy: research on the topic of migration of Ukrainian nationals to Italy.
  • Guri Tyldum, FAFO Institute for Applied International Studies, Norway: research experience on return migration of Ukrainian nationals