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31 Aug 2023

By HEUNI (Finland), the International Organisation for Migration Regional Office in Vienna (Austria), La Strada Ukraine (Ukraine), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), and La Strada International (Netherlands)

Patterns of Exploitation: Understanding Human Trafficking Risks related to the war in Ukraine

Topics discussed:

  • What do we know of the trafficking risks 1,5 years after the full-scale war started?
  • What are the exploitative labour practices we see that impact those that left or remained in Ukraine.
  • Which groups remain vulnerable and why? 📌What should be further done to reduce vulnerabilities?
  • What is the role of the states, and other actors including the private sector.
  • Introduction to the ELECT THB -project and patterns of exploitation observed.


  • Anniina Jokinen, Senior programme officer, HEUNI, coordinator of the ELECT THB project
  • Heather Komenda, Senior Regional Thematic Specialist for Migrant Protection at the IOM Regional Office in Vienna
  • Kateryna Cherepakha, Director, La Strada Ukraine
  • Kiril Sharapov, Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Suzanne Hoff, International Coordinator, La Strada International