Migration of Ukrainian Students to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary: Human Capital Perspectives

According to state statistics, the number of Ukrainian students in Polish, Czech, and Hungarian universities has increased dramatically from 4,573 in 2008 up to 25,847 in 2014. In fact, it continues to grow due to economic instability in Ukraine and thanks to effective admission campaigns in V4 universities.

However, there is a lack of awareness of how the potential of this human capital is used in Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Ukraine. Do the economy trends, migration, and labour policies of all four countries match the motivation and plans of future young professionals? How many of them plan to settle in the country of graduation, how many of them plan to move further West, and how many plan to come back to Ukraine? The lack of answers to these questions decreases chances to involve the potential of young Ukrainians more effectively and to foresee future outcomes.

The main objective of this project is to find out how Ukraine, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary could use professional and social capital of Ukrainian students who choose to study in Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Hungarian universities more effectively.

The project is co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The project leader is Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw. Other partners: CEDOS in Kiev, Association for International Affairs in Prague, Central European University in Budapest and RC SFPA, n.o.

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