14 Jun 2018
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"50% of population in Ukraine is literally tied to the ground": Romanenko gave an interview about emigration and unemployment

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Yuriy Romanenko gave an interview to RBK Ukraine

"50% of population in Ukraine is literally tied to the ground": Romanenko gave an interview about emigration and unemployment

Author: ​Yuriy Romanenko
14 Jun 2018 13:39


Co-founder / Director of Political Programs of the think tank Ukrainian Institute for the Future Yuriy Romanenko gave an interview to RBK-Ukraine.

Yuriy, how would you describe the current state of emigration from Ukraine? The number of those who leave the country, in fact, is constantly growing.

– Actually, Ukraine today represents a hybrid of feudalism with democracy and slavery, i.e. – a hybrid mix of different ways of life, where different social groups have different status, and accordingly - different opportunities, mobility, etc. For example, as the sociological survey of the Ukrainian Institute for the Future shows, almost 50% of the population in Ukraine has never left the boundaries of its region within the last 15-20 years. Mostly these are older people, who within the last 10-15 years or even 20 years have not been anywhere. They are literally tied to the ground, their garden and homestead plots that give them food.

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