The aim of the article is to provide a brief overview of current labour migration from Ukraine to the Czech Republic and to explore the degree to which Ukrainian labour migrants utilise their skills on the Czech labour market. The analysis, using internal statistical data from the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and evidence from specific migrant surveys, is focused on the relationship between the formal education of economically active Ukrainian migrants and their position on the Czech labour market, and the extent to which there is an educational–occupational mismatch. The article analyses the factors that might influence the match between jobs and formal education and the position of Ukrainian migrants in the labour market. Analysis of the educational background of Ukrainian respondents does not seem to support the popular stereotype of the average Ukrainian as a university-educated construction-site worker or a cleaner, primarily due to the fact that the Czech Republic does not only attract well-educated Ukrainian migrants. Nevertheless, a comparison of the educational and occupational structures of Ukrainian migration does provide evidence of a significant waste of human capital.
Peer-reviewed journal article
Leontiyeva, Yana. 2014. „The Education–Employment Mismatch among Ukrainian Migrants in the Czech Republic.“ Central and Eastern European Migration Review 3 (1): 63-84. Available from: http://ceemr.uw.edu.pl/sites/default/files/CEEMR_Vol_3_No_1_Leontiyeva_The_Education-Employment_Mismatch%20among_Ukrainian_Migrants_in_the_Czech_Republic.pdf.