Ukrainians in Refuge

Ukrainians in Refuge



Many individuals have been and continue to be affected by the events in Ukraine. The situation calls for research on the integration and resettlement needs of displaced Ukrainians in order to gather knowledge which can help to improve infrastructure and to inform policy recommendations to enhance practical support for Ukrainian forced migrants.

This project will assess the integration needs of Ukrainians living “out of place” and the levels of trauma they have experienced using an in-depth questionnaire comprising of questions related to participant’s background, integration needs, experience of conflict and experience seeking refuge. The information gathered from the questionnaire will provide the insight into the varying needs and levels of trauma of displaced Ukrainians, aiding both in informing the type of psychological support needed, and in identifying short- and longer-term integration requirements. 

This is a collaborative project involving the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS), Rights for Time (R4T) at the Department of Psychology, and Ivan Franko National University Lviv’s (IFNUL) Department of Special Education.

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Professor Jenny Phillimore

Founding Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity
Professor of Migration and Superdiversity

Professor Jenny Phillimore is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the RSA.  Her research interests span refugee integration with a particular focus on gender, health, housing and social networks and access to healthcare in superdiverse neighbourhoods.  She has led multiple research projects for funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Union, the Home Office and research foundations.  Jenny is currently in receipt of a Leverhulme Major Fellowship exploring the connections between violence, harm and refugee integration.  Jenny has published widely in leading academic journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Refugee Studies, BMJ, Urban Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Policy and Politics Journal of Social Policy. 

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Professor Heather Flowe

Chief investigator for UKRI GCRF Rights for Time Network+
Professor of Psychology

Professor Heather Flowe is a member of the Editorial Board for Psychology Public Policy and Law, and Consulting Editor for Cognitive Research in the Public Interest. Her research interests include understanding episodic memory – particularly witness memory retrieval processes – and exploring the effects of trauma in vulnerable populations. Heather has attracted over £4.8 million for her research, and presently holds research grant awards from the ESRC and the AHRC. Her work has been covered in the media, including the Guardian, Science Daily, the BBC, Criminal Justice and Law Weekly, and other international outlets, and her research impacts upon on policy and practice with respect to evidence-based practices used by the police and prosecutors in gathering witness and victim memory evidence. Heather has published widely in leading academic journals such Applied Cognitive Psychology; Trauma, Violence and Abuse; Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition; Journal of Experimental Child Psychology; and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

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Researchers from partner institutions

Olga Andrushchakevych

Before the war, and coming to the UK, Olga worked as a lawyer in the largest full-service Ukrainian law firm. She has a LL.M degree from University of Bern, Switzerland and a Masters degree from Institute of International Relations of National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine. She has worked on several research projects in the UK including supporting the development of a toolkit for stakeholders involved in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, exploring the integration experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK for the Commission on the Integration of Refugees, and examining Ukrainian refugee women’s experiences and needs in the UK regarding access to financial services in the UK.

Please click here to access the questionnaire

Participant information and support 

This information is for individuals who have participated in, or who are interested in participating in this study.

What language is the questionnaire available in?

You may complete the questionnaire in English, Ukrainian or Russian. You can select your preferred language at the top of the questionnaire screen, and you can switch language at any point in the survey.

Where can I find information for participants?

You can find information for participants at the start of the questionnaire. You will not be required to continue to the questionnaire should you read the participant information and decide that you do not want to take part.

I am in need of support

If you have taken part in the study and have found the content of the questionnaire distressing, or if you are in need of support generally, please click here for a comprehensive list of national and international support provided by the UNHCR.

I have taken part in the study, but would like to withdraw my data

You are free to withdraw your data up to 30 days after completing the questionnaire, without giving a reason and without consequence. If you have taken part in this study and wish to withdraw your data, please fill out this anonymous withdrawal form quoting your unique participant ID.

I would like to contact a researcher 

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant or about how the study is carried out, you may contact a member of the research team. Emails will be permanently deleted once queries have been resolved, and you will not be identifiable should you choose to take part:

Project leads:

Professor Jenny Phillimore,
Professor Heather Flowe,
Olga Andrushchakevych,

Research assistant:

Madeleine Ingham,

For any enquiries regarding this project please contact:

Professor Jenny Phillimore

School of Social Policy,
University of Birmingham
Telephone: +44(0)121 414 7822
Twitter: @japhillimore

Professor Heather Flowe

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4925
Twitter: @hflowe