The unprecedented protest movement against the Lukashenko regime was followed by an unprecedented repression. In the months following the 9 August 2020 presidential elections, more than 200,000 Belarusians are reported to have left the country. The most important destinations are Lithuania and Poland, but also the Czech Republic, Georgia, Ukraine and Germany. This emigration concerns various social groups: workers, doctors, academics, IT sector employees, students, etc. Indeed, it differs from the exile of political activists forced to leave after previous presidential elections.
This workshop aims to analyze different dimensions of this European exile. It will examine the experiences of exiles, the reasons for their emigration, the conditions of reception in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the forms of solidarity that are deployed towards these populations and within these communities.
This workshop will bring together researchers from the academic world, but also members of NGOs and solidarity networks.
9.00 | Welcome
09.15-10.15 | History of Belarusian exile
Discussant: Michal PLAVEC (Prague’s National Technical Museum)
Dorota MICHALUK (Nicolaus Copernicus University)
Unrealized concept of the Belarusian People's Republic - causes and consequences
Daniela KOLENOVSKÁ (Charles University)
The different features of Belarusian exile in the 20th – 21st centuries
10.30-12.30 | Belarusian exiles, politics, and democracy
Discussant: Alena MARKOVÁ (Charles University)
Ekaterina PIERSON-LYZHINA (Université Libre de Bruxelles / CEVIPOL)
The paradox of seeking legitimacy by Belarusian internationally recognized opposition
Ekaterina DEIKALO (Independent expert in international law and human rights, Belarusian academician)