The war in Ukraine and human displacement / Krieg in der Ukraine und Vertreibung


20 June 2022

ÖFSE − Austrian Research Foundation for International Development, C3 - Centrum für Internationale Entwicklung

Sensengasse 3, 1090 Vienna

21 June 2022

Campus, University of Vienna ("Altes AKH"), Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna

Festival marquee in courtyard 1


On 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, escalating a violent conflict that began in 2014. The workshop „The war in Ukraine and human displacement“, which will take place on World Refugee Day, focuses on human displacement directly resulting from the war as well as from a possible world food crisis that it may trigger.

The event includes two keynotes: Philipp Ther, professor of Central European History at the University of Vienna, will locate the European response to mass flight from Ukraine in the wider framework of European post-1989 asylum policies. The historian Irina Sherbakowa, co-founder of the recently banned NGO Memorial, will focus on repression and resistance in and the exodus of critical voices from Russia.

In three panels, researchers and members of NGOs will discuss the following topics:

  1. The possible impact of the war on the global level
  2. The responses to mass flight from Ukraine in Poland, Romania and Germany
  3. The challenges of mass flight for Austria.

Workshop languages: English and German

Irina Sherbakowa's keynote on 21 June is organised in cooperation with RECET and takes place as part of the conference "Transformations of Freedom".

Organised by the Commission for Migration and Integration Research (KMI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the Refugee Outreach & Research Network (ROR-n) in cooperation with RECET (Research Center for the History of Transformations), University of Vienna, and the Austrian Research Foundation for International Development (ÖFSE).