Is Ukraine an Attractive Place to Move To?

There are 12 Ukrainians who have moved out of the country per one international migrant moving to Ukraine.

23 August 2021

Is Ukraine an Attractive Place to Move To?

Over the past six years, almost 40,000 foreigners have become residents of Ukraine. In the meantime, around 517,000 residents have moved out of Ukraine between 2015 and 2020.

The number of foreigners who want to live in Ukraine has increased over this period. Specifically, 6,500 people became residents in 2015, and then the number climbed to 7,400 in 2019.

With the imposition of quarantine measures, the number of people who want to live in Ukraine has slightly decreased. For example, 4,532 foreigners received citizenship in 2020.

Number of foreigners that became Ukrainians
Year201520162017201820192020
Foreigners that obtained Ukrainian citizenship6,5036,7837,4037,4767,0484,532

Between 2015 and 2020, new Ukrainian citizens most often were coming from former USSR republics. The top countries are the Russian Federation (15,944 new citizens), Moldova (3,790), Azerbaijan (2,721), Armenia (2,172), and Uzbekistan (1,543). The least new residents came from the Baltic countries: Latvia (61 people), Lithuania (53), and Estonia (16).

Besides the ex-USSR migrants, Ukrainian citizenship is wanted by residents of Vietnam (1,419), Syria (1,054), Afghanistan (702), Hungary (530), and Turkey (410).

Top 30 countries from where people move to Ukraine
CountryBecame Ukrainian citizens in 2015–2020
1🇷🇺 Russia15944
2🇲🇩 Moldova3790
3🇦🇿 Azerbaijan2721
4🇦🇲 Armenia2172
5🇺🇿 Uzbekistan1543
6🇻🇳 Vietnam1419
7🇬🇪 Georgia1128
8🇸🇾 Syria1054
9🇧🇾 Belarus820
10🇦🇫 Afghanistan702
11🇹🇯 Tajikistan551
12🇰🇿 Kazakhstan544
13🇭🇺 Hungary530
14🇹🇷 Turkey431
15🇮🇷 Iran416
16🇮🇱 Israel364
17🇮🇶 Iraq363
18🇯🇴 Jordan341
19🇱🇧 Lebanon320
20🇱🇾 Libya297
21🇨🇳 China294
22🇵🇱 Poland273
23🇳🇬 Nigeria264
24🇹🇲 Turkmenistan261
25🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan245
26🇵🇰 Pakistan201
27🇪🇬 Egypt198
28🇺🇸 USA185
29🇮🇹 Italy141
30🇩🇪 Germany141

However, the number of new Ukrainian residents does not compensate for Ukrainians who have moved out. Since 2010, the number of emigrants has remained above those who move to the country.

Over the past six years, more than 86,000 fellow citizens on average have been taking one-way tickets every year. And with every year, this number has been rising. According to the customs service, some 500,000 people did not return to the country. It is equal to the difference between people that left the country and those who returned.

This year, once the borders were opened, the outflow of citizens reached a record high—the difference between emigrants and immigrants rose to 580,000. A comparable number was recorded only in 2014 when this difference was 650,000 people.

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