Legal and Illegal Migration from Ukraine: An analysis of social and security issues

Luptakova, Marina
July 2009
International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences;2009, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p144
Academic Journal
The dissolution of Soviet Union in 1991 resulted in the development in of new republic states including Ukraine. Ukraine saw a sea of changes both political and social in the pre and post Soviet Union period. International migration is one major aspect that occurred in Ukraine. The large scale migration to other countries occurred for political and economic reasons. Migrants to other countries from Ukraine were repatriates, emigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, economic (cyclical migrants), illegal migrants and transitory migrants. Ukraine has, over the last 20 years, become a transit country for illegal migration to European Union countries. Various analytical estimates have continually placed the number of illegal migrants present on the territory of Ukraine over the last ten years at 800 thousand to 1.6 million illegal migrants, patiently waiting for their chance to enter an EU country. This article is an analysis of the legal and illegal immigrants of Ukraine in EU countries in general and Czech Republic in particular.


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