Olena Malynovska

Chief Researcher

Degrees:Ph.D. (History), Doctor Habilis (Public Administration)
Office:National Institute for Strategic Studies, Ukraine

Dr. Olena Malynovska holds a Ph.D. (History) and Doctor Habilis (Public Administration), she is the author of more than 250 academic papers (including eleven books), published both in Ukraine and abroad. Dr. Malynovska started her career at the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where she was engaged in research in the field of migration. When Ukraine became independent, she was among the few who created the first state institutions for migration management. From 1993 to 2001, she worked in the Ministry (later the State Committee) on Nationalities and Migration as a deputy and then chief of the department of Migration and Refugees. There she was directly involved in the process of the creation of migration services and migration legislation in Ukraine and gained invaluable experience in practical work. In 2001, she returned to academic work and focused on research in the area of migration and migration policy in Ukraine. From 2010 until now, Dr. Malynovska has worked as a chief researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies.

Panel 1: Forced Displacement Across Borders

Forced Displacement as a Result of the War and Likelihood of a New Wave of Emigration


The Russian invasion led to the mass displacement of Ukraine’s population. It is estimated that up to 12 million people were forced to leave their homes, including 5 million people, primarily women and children, who went abroad. It is difficult to predict in the current situation whether displaced persons will remain at their destinations or be able to return home. Urgent problem Solving and the Post-war reconstruction of the country are extremely important to determine the patterns of transformation in the migration behavior of Ukrainians and in the conditions of war and further development of migration processes. It is also important to determine the possible political responses to the challenges associated with them. Despite the extreme nature of the current situation, traditional migration links such as Ukraine’s inclusion in the European migration system as one of the elements of the country’s European integration, and the experience of forced displacement in 2014-2015, should be considered when analyzing the decision-making process, the choice of destination and the future plans of displaced persons.