Two Views on Migration in Ukraine. Perception Prism of State Authorities and NGOs

Title: Two Views on Migration in Ukraine. Perception Prism of State Authorities and NGOs
Issue: Vol. 5, No 2, 2012
Published date: 20-11-2012 (print) / 20-11-2012 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Yulia Borshchevska
Keywords: labour migration, migration discourse, Ukraine, EU, Russia
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2012/5-2/1
Language: English
Pages: 11-22 (12)
JEL classification: R23, P25

This paper does not pursue the goal of providing a profound analysis of the migration situation in Ukraine but rather presents the views of two sets of actors on the issue: Ukrainian migration authorities and leading NGOs. This paper provides a valuable insight in that the opinions of both of these groups of actors are combined in a single work. This is a perspective that is not frequently examined, partly due to the difficulty of accessing state authorities in Ukraine. Using a qualitative interviewing method, this article highlights migration aspirations in Ukraine in the scope and to the extent that they have been perceived as relevant by Ukrainian state authorities and NGO leaders. To provide context to this issue, new developments in the state migration policy are detailed here. Additionally, perceived policy implications on migration tendencies as well as some migration outcomes are given particular attention. This article also explores how media discourse on migration in the country is articulated by the considered actors and more importantly, whether any change in the discourse is evident for the time being, what this change is about and what are respective explanations.