Newsletter OPEN - No. 16 - 2015

The project «OPEN for young women» is an international program of counselling and support of young people, particularly women and girls, during the search for new opportunities for studying and job placement abroad, and particularly in Germany, and is aimed at preventing cases of human trafficking. The program unites partners from Germany, Ukraine and Romania. Since June 2015 International Women's Rights Centre "La Strada-Ukraine" has become a coordinator of the activities of the project "OPEN for young women" in Ukraine. The Center "La Strada-Ukraine" is a nongovernmental organization, which since 1997 has been working in Ukraine in the fields of combating human trafficking, elimination of all forms of discrimination, prevention of domestic violence and violation of children's rights.

The Center has two National Toll-Free Hotlines – National Toll Free Hot Line on Prevention Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Gender Discrimination and National Toll Free Children Hot Line, where free of charge informational, legal and psychological consultations and services are provided. In addition, in the framework of the project "OPEN for young women" there is a possibility to get face-to-face expert consultations on safe travelling abroad issues in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa. Also, the consultants of the project "OPEN for young women" conduct in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa information campaigns for students, round tables with participation of the representatives of state bodies and civil society.

Today the migration intentions have increased in Ukraine. Such an increase is explained by the difficult economic situation in the country, armed conflict on the East of Ukraine and displacement of citizens within the territory of Ukraine. Basing on sociological survey conducted by the International Organization for Migration it is possible to state the increase of the estimated number of people who work abroad. In 2011 the number of Ukrainian citizens working abroad was 504 020, and in 2015 the number has increased to 515 913 persons. In addition, we can find a sharp increase in the number of people who are ready to accept risky job offers abroad. Thus, the share of those persons who work abroad unofficially has abruptly increased from 28% in 2011 to nearly 41% of all Ukrainians who worked abroad at the time of this year survey. Germany and Poland are the most attractive for potential labour migrants.[1]

During 2014 National Toll Free Hot Line on Prevention Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Gender Discrimination received 7 725 calls. 7.3% out of total number of calls dealt with human trafficking issues and safe travelling abroad. During the period January-June 2015 National Toll Free Hot Line on Prevention Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Gender Discrimination received 5 717 calls. 3.8% of them concerned the issue of counteracting human trafficking and safe travelling abroad. The number of calls from clients with questions related to employment and studying abroad is constantly increasing.

In 2014, in the framework of the project "OPEN for young women" "La Strada-Ukraine" Center conducted the study "The assessment of the risks of getting into the situation of trafficking of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine". The survey was conducted from 29 December 2014 to 12 January 2015 in 16 oblasts of Ukraine: Dnipropetrovska, Donetska, Transcarpathian, Zaporizhska, Kyivska, Kirovogradska, Luganska, Lvivska, Odesska, Poltavska, Rivne, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Cherkasy, Chernihiv and in Kyiv. The results of this survey showed that 72.1% of respondents are aware of the existence of the problem of "human trafficking". 6.5% (12.5% are the respondents from Luhansk and Donetsk regions) of respondents reported that they know cases of human trafficking among the IDPs. 7,8% of respondents mentioned that they are ready to work abroad on any conditions. Answering the question concerning experience of illegal employment - 31.7% of respondents mentioned that they had such experience in Ukraine and 8,7% - abroad.

One of the reasons of increasing migration intentions is the unemployment rate in Ukraine. According to the data of 1 September 2015, the number of unemployed people registered in the State Employment Service is 414,7 thousand persons. In addition, the intentions of citizens to travel abroad also include trips with the purpose of studying and marriage with a foreigner as well. There is a possibility to get free of charge consultations on the given issues at the National Toll Free Hot Line and in the office of consultants that operate in Kharkiv and Odessa.

The members of the OPEN-project wish every project partner a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!
Das OPEN-Team wünscht allen Projektpartnern ein frohes und gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Start in das neue Jahr 2016!

Kalashnyk Olga
International Women’s Right Center La Strada-Ukraine
Regional project coordinator Ukraine OPEN project/vice-president International Women’s Right Center La Strada-Ukraine
P.O. Box 26, Kyiv 113, Ukraine, 03113
Tel. +380 44 205 36 95
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Tamás Gergely
Projektkoordination OPEN
Diakonische Stiftung “Lampas” des
Nord-Westlichen Reformierten Kirchendistrikts “Királyhágómellék”
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Tamás Gergely
Projektkoordinator
Stiftung Lampas, Oradea
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