Ukrainian Refugees: Report from the Front Lines

Panel discussion featuring experts from both sides of the Atlantic

By CIS on May 11, 2022

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A panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on June 15 at 11 a.m. ET, sponsored jointly by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Hungarian Migration Research Institute (MRI), will examine the challenges posed by the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unleashed a deluge of refugees on Europe comparable in size only to the massive displacement of people at the end of World War II. Front-line countries in Europe – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania – opened their borders to those fleeing Ukraine, and the EU in an historic decision offered them temporary protection, including the right to work. The United States has focused on helping Ukrainians where they are in Europe, pledging up to $5 billion in humanitarian assistance. In addition, however, the Biden administration has pledged to take in 100,000 Ukrainians, granted Temporary Protected Status to those already in the U.S., and created the “Unity for Ukraine” program to allow individuals to sponsor Ukrainians who don't want to stay in the EU.

As the war rages on, and a speedy return of refugees seems less and less likely, it is time to compare the policies enacted by stakeholders and explore the different challenges faced by front-line states and destination countries. To do this, researchers from Europe and the U.S. will join with a top official from Poland involved in that nation's response to the crisis.

June 15 at 11 a.m.
The Army and Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Alison Thai at [email protected]


  • Jadwiga Emilewicz, Member of the Parliament of Poland and former Deputy Prime Minister: Poland
  • Kristof Gyorgy Veres, Andrássy National Security Fellow (CIS-MRI): Hungary and the EU
  • Mark Vargha, Researcher (MRI): Romania and Moldova
  • Nayla Rush, Senior Researcher (CIS): United States

The event will be moderated by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.