Ukrainians in Poland and Germany – Civic and Political Engagement, Expectations, and Courses of Action

By Evgeny Feldman (Own work) used under CC BY
By Evgeny Feldman (Own work) used under CC BY

The goal of this joint project of the Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, and the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, is to analyse the various forms of civic engagement of Ukrainians living in Poland and Germany. It is based on a series of in-depth interviews with members of the Ukrainian diaspora living in Poland and Germany regarding their views on the Ukraine Crisis and the future of Ukraine, including the question of EU-membership as well as their readiness to support the democracy movement in Ukraine. The results will be published in a research paper that will appear in both Polish and German, and also in a Ukrainian summary. Additionally, based off of the research results, recommendations will be presented in an English-language policy brief on how the democracy movement can be strengthened through an improvement of the underlying conditions for civic engagement in Germany and Poland. These will be followed up with discussions with scientists, experts, and decision-makers in events in Berlin and Warsaw.

Detailed Goals of the Project

The project is supported by the Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftsstiftung.

Time Frame

May 2015 to April 2016

Project Team

Dr. Katrin Böttger
Julian Plottka
Richard Steinberg
Magdalena Patalong
Ljudmyla Melnyk

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