The research proposal deals with a study of the positive and negative impacts of Ukrainian refugees on the social and economic life of Austria. The way in which Austria deals with the migration of Ukrainian refugees has a profound effect on the extent to which migration will make an impact of its social and economic life. On the one hand, migration can benefit the country due to its substantial contribution to the Austrian economy. On the other hand, taking in such a large number of Ukrainian refugees can create numerous challenges, risks, and uncertainties for Austria. Furthermore, the process of migration of Ukrainian refugees is not simple or straightforward owing to the temporary character of migration, different legal status of Ukrainian refugees, the predominance of women with children among refugees and the uncertainties related to the war. While the scale of the refugees influx is unprecedented, there are past lessons that can be informative in order to make the burden lighter. Investigation of features of Ukrainian migration in Austria and considering the best practices of the integration of refugees can be the perfect information source in finding balance the needs of both refugees and host community.
This Residential Fellowship for Ukrainian Scholars is made possible by a cooperation with the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET).