Converstions on Europe: The Russian War in Ukraine: Displaced People and Changing Security Concerns

The Russian War in Ukraine: Displaced People and Changing Security Concerns

Tuesday, March 12, 2024


  • Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh
  • Erica Edwards, University of Pittsburgh


  • Svitlana Babenko, Malmö University (*unable to attend)
  • Joachim A. Koops, Leiden University
  • Kseniya Yurtayeva, University of Michigan

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine transformed European security concerns dramatically. It has disrupted the lives of countless people in the region. It triggered a new wave of rapid forced migration throughout the EU and in other neighboring countries. Displacement from the war impacts not only Ukrainian women and children fleeing to Poland, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, and other neighboring countries. It has also affected Russians avoiding mobilization or Russian intellectuals avoiding repressions in their home country. Unfortunately, at a time of record numbers of internal and external displaced persons worldwide, numbers of people seeking asylum have now risen in Central Asia and Caucasus. In addition to considering the overall security situation resulting from the war, this Conversation on Europe will ask: how do these movements of people affect the current situation in the EU and in receiving countries? How have societies and state apparatuses reacted to this migration and what can we learn from these dynamics? What role does “security” and securitization play in these processes?

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