Promoting Unity: Recommendations for the Development of a National Reintegration Strategy Based on the Experience of the Kharkiv and Kherson Regions

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As a result of the temporary occupation, the social, economic, public, and resource characteristics of the territorial communities of Kharkiv and Kherson regions underwent fundamental changes. Analysis and consideration of these changes are necessary for the development of an effective reintegration strategy, which must be adapted for use in the newly liberated Ukrainian territories. Kharkiv and Kherson regions have common problems and challenges, which the Ukrainian state is also expected to face in other de-occupied territories (restoration of state administration, work of local self-government bodies, restoration of destruction and assistance to the affected population, etc.).

The living conditions and opinion of the local residents is of great importance when planning certain reintegration measures, but currently there is a problem of insufficient representation of the local residents in research on the topic of cohesion and reintegration, which may lead to the neglect of their interests when developing an integration strategy. Finally, an urgent problem throughout the war period is the cohesion of society. As a result of military conflict and occupation, local communities can be divided physically and psychologically, which will lead to the loss of a common identification factor.

This publication was prepared with the support of The Partnership Fund for a Resilient Ukraine. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the NGO “Transatlantic Dialogue Center” and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Foundation and/or its financial partners. At the request of the NGO “Transatlantic Dialogue Center”, a survey of experts and the public was conducted by the Sociological Group “Rating”, on the basis of which this publication was prepared.