Integration of immigrants into European society: case studies of Chechen refugees and Ukrainian labor immigrants in Poland

Session #3  Panel Discussion  | Wednesday, June 26  | 12:00-13:30
Auditorium Maximum JU (Aula Mała)

Sub-theme: The shifting borders of inclusion/exclusion: Europe as a space of change

Baktybek Kainazarov

While discussing common challenges of the EU, most social scientists argue that the integration of immigrants into European society has gained popular topicality due to complexities in the process of integration. Most immigrant networks and Diaspora leaders are convinced that the process of integration should pursue the accommodation and incorporation of immigrants into European society with their own cultural, religious and traditional values. However, there are also scholars who claim that complexities erupt with the application of cultural relativism.
In this respect, the presentation will cover the complexities, resistance and adaptation of immigrants in the process of integration in the EU. Specifically, my presentation will focus on the case studies of two immigrant groups in Poland: Ukrainian labor immigrants and Chechen refugees and asylum seekers. The case studies will investigate Chechen refugees’ problems in the integration progress that derive from cultural, religious and traditional differences. For better analysis, the presentation will compare Chechen traditional identity with the Ukrainian one.


Baktybek Kainazarov

Since 2009 he is engaged with the Voluntary Assistance Program of the Internaational Organization for Migration in Warsaw, Poland. He is a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at the Polish Academy of Science. A Euroculture alumus and an MA in Politics and Society at Lancaster University, his interests include: international politics, human rights and democracy promotion.