Marta Pachocka

Head of the Migration Policies Research Unit at the Centre of Migration Research (CMR) of the University of Warsaw

Degrees:Ph.D in Economics
Office:SGH Warsaw School of Economics; University of Warsaw, Warsaw

Dr. Marta Pachocka is the Head of the Migration Policies Research Unit at the Centre of Migration Research (CMR) of the University of Warsaw, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies, and the Institute of International Studies of the Collegium of Socio-Economics of SGH Warsaw School of Economics. She received her Ph.D. in economics in 2013, but her academic profile is truly interdisciplinary, also including political science and migration studies. She has considerable experience as both a team leader and member in implementing cross-sector and multi-stakeholder projects co-funded by the National Science Centre, National Bank of Poland, Capital City of Warsaw, various ministries, EU Programmes (Horizon 2020, Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus+, Creative Europe), and others. She is on the Board of the PECSA and the Research Committee RC46 ‘Migration and Citizenship’ of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). She supports the European Commission Representation in Poland as an EU expert member of the Team Europe network. She is also a member of the International Steering Committee of the Metropolis Project, focused on international migration and migration policies. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for European Studies of the Sciences.

Panel 1: Forced Displacement Across Borders

Responding to the 2022 Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine: Poland – Key Actors, Actions and Challenges


On 24th February 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, questioning the legitimacy of the statehood of this country and the sovereignty of the Ukrainian people. It was a continuation of the Russian armed aggression that had started much earlier with the unfounded annexation of Crimea in 2014. The current situation is, in fact, the war that Russia is waging on the territory of neighbouring Ukraine. This new conflict has resulted in mass displacement on an unprecedented scale in Europe since World War II. So far, within two months of the aggression, the number of refugees amounted to 5.2 million people (UNHCR). The main host countries for refugees are the EU Member States and the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, Russia is carrying out the forced resettlement of the Ukrainian population to its territory. Poland is the primary receiving country of asylum seekers, which amounts to almost 3 million people. This speech aims to present the refugee crisis in Poland in the first weeks after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis that followed in that country. We will show Poland’s response to these events, mapping key state and non-state actors, including the crucial role of NGOs and local groups.