For women in Ukraine it seems to be their own duty to financially support their family even if that means moving to another country without speaking other languages or having any previous contacts. Migration seems to be a “female-oriented” process in Ukraine. Gender is here the determinant reason for a person to migrate. In 2019, the overall number of Ukrainian citizens in Greece was estimated at 20,000, with 90% being female. The great majority of them come from Western Ukraine. This paper draws on oral testimony from women of Ukrainian origin in Athens to illustrate the significant role gender plays in the migration process and thus the dynamic nature of gendered identity.
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Irini Avanidou
Irini Avanidou is a 22-year-old student of International, European and Area Studies at Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She has attended two Princeton University courses about Global History (winter-summer semester), because of the opportunity they offered to expand her knowledge of world history issues. Culture, history and languages are her major fields of interest. She is currently involved with the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy as the Head of the Erasmus Traineeship Programme and Youth Centre.
Irini Avanidou

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