Disinfo: Ukrainians will never be allowed to work or study in the EU

Summary

The EU will never allow Ukrainians to come to the EU to work, study, or “learn about its cultural values”.

Disproof

The EU allows the citizens of any country (including Ukraine) to come to the EU to work, study, and "learn about its cultural values" under the conditions defined by EU legislation and international agreements. Furthermore, on 17 November 2016, the Council confirmed the Commission proposal to provide for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Ukraine and for citizens of this country when travelling to the EU. More than 3 200 Ukrainian students and staff will have received grants from the EU to study in Europe until the end July 2018.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, EU/NATO enlargement
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal (time: 11:38)
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Visa-liberalisation with Ukraine will flood Europe with Ukrainian Nazis

Visa-liberalisation with Ukraine will lead to the influx of Ukrainian neonazis into Europe. Also, there is a civil war in Eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

The visa liberalisation will grant Ukrainians only short-term visits to Europe (90 days every half a year), and is not connected to the issue of labour liberalisation for Ukrainians. The visa liberalisation doesn't mean abolition of border security checks. Furthermore, all Ukrainians seeking to use the visa-free regime will have to posses a biometric passport.

A recurring narrative about Nazis in Ukraine; similar case here.

Ukraine proposes to accept middle-Eastern migrants in exchange for visa-free travel into the EU

Ukraine proposes to accept middle-Eastern migrants in exchange for visa-free travel into the EU.

Disproof

The headline does not correspond with the content of the article. The visa liberalisation is not linked to migration policies but is based on benchmarks fulfilled by Ukraine. The proposal referred to was voiced by a civil servant on his personal Facebook page. It is not Ukrainian official policy.