January 18, 2018

In recent decades, the diaspora and migrants have played an increasingly important role in the socio-economic and political life of Ukraine and neighboring states. According to the data published in the online edition of «Express» only in 2016, migrant workers transferred to Ukraine about $ 7 billion, which is equal to 6.5% of our GDP.  A similar situation is in neighboring Moldova and in other countries – the former Soviet republics. For economic, socio-political and other reasons there is a need for a scientific analysis of the situation and the development of reasonable proposals for governments in relation to the formation of national policy strategies on migrants and diaspora.

On December 21, the International Scientific Conference «Diasporas in the Modern World: Regional Context and Potential for Sustainable Development of the Country of Origin» took place in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova). The conference was held at a high scientific and expert level which was provided by the International Organization for Migration. Several Ukrainian scientists were invited to participate in the conference, as well as scientists of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University – Professors of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration – Kruhlashov Anatolii and Nechaev – Yuriychuk Nataliia.

In his speech, Professor Kruhlashov Anatolii has emphasized the importance of the role of the old and new Ukrainian diaspora for Ukraine, and has noted the peculiarities of the formation of modern models of relations between the Ukrainian diasporas and the national authorities. He has also highlighted the problems in relations between the Ukrainian state and the western and eastern diasporas and has offered some methods for their solution. Associate Professor Nechaev-Yuriychuk Nataliia has analyzed the peculiarities of the interaction of national minorities and titular nations under the conditions of the European integration policy of Ukraine on the example of Chernivtsi region.

As a result of the discussion, the participants of the conference have concluded that there is a need to intensify intergovernmental scientific cooperation in the study of the role of diasporas and migration processes in the socio-economic and political development of the countries of origin, involving young scientists in the study of these important issues.