THE EXPLOSIVE UKRAINIAN MIGRATION DUE TO THE RUSSIAN ARMED CONFLICT IN 2022: THE CASE OF BULGARIA

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Rossen Koroutchev
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1105-156X

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In this work, we have studied the evolution of the Ukrainian refugee crisis in Europe during the first several months after the beginning of the armed conflict on 24 February 2022. We have also talked about the influx of Ukrainians into Bulgaria, where there has reportedly been the biggest wave of refugees in recorded history. By using official statistics and structured interviews with Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria, we have analyzed the specific evolution of the immigrants, their profile, and the governmental policies for better integration of them into the labor market and within the society. Our key arguments are mainly related to the fact that such policies must be successful for most Ukrainian immigrants and refugees due to the similarities between Ukraine and Bulgaria regarding traditions, education, and historical ties. Our conclusion confirms these arguments but also mentions several problems related to the low wages, the limited childcare, and the heavy bureaucracy. 

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Koroutchev, Rossen. 2023. “THE EXPLOSIVE UKRAINIAN MIGRATION DUE TO THE RUSSIAN ARMED CONFLICT IN 2022: THE CASE OF BULGARIA”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (1):303-11. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2391309k.
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Rossen Koroutchev, Departamento de Geografia, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia - Madrid, Spain

Rossen Kostadinov Koroutchev is a Master's fellow in Geography (2008) and International Relations (2010) from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. Later in 2014, he defended his PhD thesis about the European Return and Cyclic Migration. He is a former Research Associate researcher at the Group of Mediterranean Studies at the same University. He is a distinguished Research Scientist at the Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain. Dr. Koroutchev has been awarded several visiting positions at European Universities such as Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, University of Bern, Switzerland. His research is focused on Migration, Borders, and Development issues.