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Navigating New Shores: Challenges of Belarusians in Europe

Mike Kotsch / Unsplash
Mike Kotsch / Unsplash

Looking for work, worrying about residence permits, fear for relatives in Belarus – these are the everyday worries for Belarusians in the diaspora. We discuss how different countries support Belarusians in their integration.

Monday, 17 June 2024 09:30 am – Monday, 17 June 2024 12:00 pm

This event is in the past.

Renewing a passport involves little effort for most German citizens, but can be dangerous for Belarusians. Since the adoption of a decree in 2023 by Lukashenka, Belarusian citizens can no longer renew their passports at an embassy abroad. Belarusians who took part in the protests against the fraudulent presidential elections in 2020, risk immediate arrest if they enter the country. This also influences the integration opportunities of the Belarusian diaspora in Europe, as a valid passport is usually a prerequisite for applying for a residence permit, taking up employment or receiving social insurance. The lack of solutions for obtaining a passport and the often inadequate support in the host countries are therefore one of many challenges for Belarusians in exile.

We invite you to discuss with us current opportunities and obstacles to the integration of Belarusian citizens in Europe. During the event, we will present the results of the project’s research, which deals with administrative structures for integration in different countries for Belarusian people.

Place & time

The event will take place on Monday, June 17, 2024 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) at the Museum für Kommunikarion, Leipziger Straße 16 in Berlin. The event will be held in German and Belarusian. Coffee and breakfast will be served from 9.30 am. You can download the programme in Belarusian below.

Праграма на беларускай мове


Dr Imke Hansen, Vice Executive Director Libereco e.V. - Partnership for Human Rights, author of the report “I feel like a fish out of water”

Dr Lev Lvovskiy, Academic Director BEROC research center, project fellow of VisiBYlity project

Dr Vasil Navumau, Researcher at the Belarusian civic initiative RADAR_BY, project partner of VisiBYlity project

Maria Rudz, 2nd Chairwoman of the Belarusian community RAZAM e.V.

Welcome and Conclusion: Laura Worsch, IEP

Moderation: Olga Dryndova, Editor "Belarus-Analysen" Research Center East European Studies at the University of Bremen



About the VisiBYlity for Belarusian democratic actors project: Capacity building, advocacy and research for more attention for the Belarusian diaspora in the German and European public: these are the core contents of VisiBYlity.

Image copyright: Mike Kotsch / Unsplash