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Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries. Country report: Ukraine

Tom Coupé and Ganna Vakhitova ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Tom Coupé

No 464, CASE Network Studies and Analyses from CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research

Abstract: Ukraine is a migration-intensive country, with an estimated 1.5-2 million labour migrants (about 5% of the working-age population). Slightly over a half of these migrants travel for work to the EU. This study discusses the impact of this large pool of migrants on both the sending and receiving countries. It also assesses how liberalisation of the EU visa regime, something that the EU is currently negotiating with Ukraine, will affect the stream of Ukrainian labour migrants to EU countries. Our study suggests that the number of tourists will increase substantially, whereas the increase in the number of labour migrants is unlikely to be very large. We also suggest that the number of legal migrants is likely to increase, but at the same time the numer of illegal migrants will decline because currently only a third of migrants from Ukraine have both residence and work permits in the EU, while about a quarter of them stay there illegally.

Keywords: Labour Economics; Labour Markets; Labour Mobility; Ukraine (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D78 F22 F24 I25 J01 J15 J40 J61 J83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 95
Date: 2013-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-dem, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-tra
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