Ukrainian forced and labour migration to EU countries – current situation and perspectives


After the  visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU enters into force, some migration aspects foreseen in the visa-suspension mechanism  may change; however, not dramatically as evidenced by research on the Ukrainian migration to EU countries conducted by the NGO “Europe without Barriers”.

“After the visa-free regime with the EU enters into force, it is to expect a certain increase in the number of refusals of entry at the EU external borders  and in the number of Ukrainian migrants in the EU with an unsettled status […]. However, the number of applications for  asylum may decrease, as it was the case in 2016”,  Kateryna Kulchutska, an analyst at the “Europe without Barriers”.

At a time, an increase of these figures will be gradual and probably will not trigger the visa-suspension mechanism, according to the experts. To reduce this risk, it is necessary to continue informing Ukrainian citizens on the rules of visa-free travel.

“And certainly, taking into consideration that economic factors prevail in determining migration from Ukraine, the Ukrainian government needs to work on the improvement of the economic situation in the country”, explained Executive Director of the “Europe without Barriers”, Iryna Sushko.

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