Ukrainian-Polish border: a guide for journalists
This guide was prepared within the framework of the Polish-Ukrainian project “Border with a human face”, jointly implemented by the “Freedom Institute” (Warsaw) and “Europe without Barriers” (Kyiv).
The state border of Ukraine with Poland is the most loaded. In 2017, it was crossed by more than 22 million people, which is 60% of all crossings with EU countries.
From time to time journalists cover the border issues because it affects not only the inhabitants of the border area but also the mobility of all citizens of Ukraine, Poland and other countries. In particular, the Ukrainian society discussed the issues of visa-free travel and labour migration, cars on European numbers and illegal exports of round timber.
The purpose of this guide is to help journalists to understand the nuances of terminology. For example, what is the difference between readmission and deportation or what is the control of the second line? In addition, the authors have gathered information on the key Ukrainian, Polish and international institutions dealing with border issues. Their contacts are listed in the guide and can be used for comments and interviews.