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Understanding Skilled Migration: Ukrainians in Germany and Australia

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posted on 2020-02-21, 00:57 authored by OLHA SHMIHELSKA
This thesis demonstrates that relatively privileged, skilled Ukrainian migrants faced different degrees of precariousness in Germany and Australia in the period beginning in 2013. Their disadvantageous circumstances were connected to their visa statuses, which determined their length of stay, limited their access to a social safety net, and imposed gender dynamics often unfavourable to women. Social capital created within the networks of the Ukrainian diaspora communities and based on a shared sense of a Ukrainian national identity accepting of linguistic difference were partly able to assist newcomers in improving these situations.


Principal supervisor

Marko Pavlyshyn

Additional supervisor 1

Heli Askola

Additional supervisor 2

Helen Forbes-Mewett

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type


Campus location



Faculty of Arts