22 June 2022
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, over 12 million people are estimated to have been displaced internally and internationally. The ongoing war has resulted in the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II and has direct implications for the trajectory and patterns of migratory movements in the Prague Process region.
This Panel Discussion assessed the first two months of the war from a migration perspective. The panellists discussed the EU’s immediate response, as well as the current situation on the ground. Special attention was given to the reception conditions under the Temporary Protection Directive and the prospects of successfully integrating the incoming refugees into societies and labour markets. The panel also looked into the wider migration implications across the Prague Process region, including those arising from the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Russia, which has constituted a key country of destination within the region. Finally, the event provided post-war migration scenarios, including the return prospect and its drivers, as well as the wider socioeconomic and demographic implications of the migratory movements experienced to date and expected in the future.
Georgiana Plesu, International Relations Officer, DG HOME, European Commission
Eva Wipler, Head of EUAA International Cooperation Sector
Volodymyr Panchenko, Partner at the KSP STRATEGIES
Rainer Münz, Former Advisor to the European Commission
Andrea Salvini, Labour Economist and Policy Advisor
Olga Gulina, Director of RUSMPI UG-Institute on Migration Policy
Franck Düvell, Senior Researcher, Osnabruck University
Justyna Segeš Frelak, Senior Policy Advisor, Labour migration and integration, ICMPD