The Displaced Ukrainians Who are they, and what do they think?

Gwendolyn Sasse

A survey conducted by ZOiS in November and December 2016 provides the first comparative data on the attitudes and identities of the people displaced by the war in Eastern Ukraine both within Ukraine and to Russia.

One group severely affected by the war in the Donbas remains hidden from view: the displaced, internally and externally. Through their displacement, these individuals fall outside standard opinion polls, they do not figure in international media reports (and hardly figure in the Ukrainian and Russian media), and in policy circles they are primarily seen as a social policy or humanitarian aid issue.

The newly founded Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin has just conducted the first two-part survey of IDPs in Ukraine and those who fled to Russia.