30 October 2014

“Emigration of Professionals from Ukraine to the US: is there a Brain Drain?”

“Emigration of Professionals from Ukraine to the US: is there a Brain Drain?”

The Fulbright Program in Ukraine is pleased to invite you to an open lecture "Emigration of Professionals from Ukraine to the US: is there a Brain Drain?" by U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2008 - 2010, 2014-2015 Oleh Wolowyna.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Ukrainian News Press Center
20 Esplanadna Street, 1st floor, M "Palats Sportu", Kyiv

Lecture will be presented in English.

Working languages: Ukrainian, English

A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Please register online to attend the lecture.

Emigration of Professionals from Ukraine to the US: is there a Brain Drain?

As evidenced by several recent surveys, there seems to be significant emigration of highly qualified professionals from Ukraine.  Data from US population censuses and annual American Community Surveys provide detailed information about the recent migration stream from Ukraine to the US, and allow us to analyze characteristics of high level professional immigrants, while data from the 2001 Ukrainian census allows us to estimate their relative numbers and selectivity.  According to the US Bureau of the Census there were 63 thousand professionals from Ukraine with university degree in the US in 2010, with three thousands of them Ph.D.s.  Although a significant number of these professionals are working in occupations below their level of education, migrants with doctor degrees have been quite successful in obtaining jobs consistent with their level of education in universities, research institutes and high technology industries. Most of these professionals acquired their university education in Ukraine and their emigration can be viewed as a loss for the country.

Dr. Wolowyna is the founder and Director of the Center for Demographic and Socio-economic Research on Ukrainians in the United States at the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York http://inform-decisions.com/stat/. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Vice-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina.

Dr. Wolowyna has a degree in mathematics (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina), a master's in sociology and statistics (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL), and a Ph.D. in demography from Brown University, Providence, RI.



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