Comparing pre-war and forced Ukrainian migrants in Poland: Challenges for the labour market and prospects for integration

Sabina Kubiciel–Lodzińska, Kate Golebiowska, Marta Pachocka, Anna Dąbrowska

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Abstract

Before full-scale war broke out in 2022, over 1 million Ukrainians resided legally in Poland. Within weeks of Russia's aggression, around 1.5 million new Ukrainian forced migrants had arrived, many of whom remain in Poland. As of September 2023, 970,000 Ukrainian refugees were still in Poland, where they enjoyed temporary protection status. This paper analyses data from a 2022 survey of both forcibly displaced and pre-war Ukrainian migrants with the aim of establishing what measures are needed to facilitate the economic integration of the former group. The two cohorts differ in terms of gender, age, family status, ways of seeking employment, employment situation and aspirations. Although 66 per cent of respondents had completed tertiary education, only 30 per cent of the forcibly displaced group had Polish-language skills. The paper recommends strategies for the provision of language education along with solutions to enable the labour market participation of this group and otherwise support their integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236 - 251
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Migration
Volume62
Issue number1
Early online date2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

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