Refugees from Ukraine and the perception of war in Romania: psycho-social studies and research
Friday, September 30, 2022
12:30 pm — 2:00 pm
The CUNY Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Kruzhok welcomes Prof. Gabriel Lataianu, Queensborough Community College, and Dr. Eugen Bruno Ștefan, Bureau for Social Research in Bucharest, to present new research on Romanian attitudes towards refugees.
The presentation will discuss the results of the national survey “Refugees from Ukraine and the perception of war ” conducted by the Bucharest-based Bureau for Social Studies (BCS) in March this year in Romania. The study is focused on refugees in general with a special focus on the refugees from Ukraine and, also, on the Romanians’ attitudes toward the war in Ukraine. The research offers an image of Romanians’ dispositions and feelings towards a very large wave of war refugees, the largest one since World War II in Romania. Whenever the case the presentation will have a comparative outlook, contrasting the data on Ukrainian refugees to the results of a BCS survey carried out in October 2021. Last year research focused on the refugees from Afghanistan and, also, on the economic immigrants from South Asia in Romania. Last, but not least the presentation will examine Romanians’ attitudes toward Russia’s aggression on Ukraine, the threats and challenges of a war in close proximity, the role of NATO in the country’s security etc.
Dr. Gabriel Lataianu is an Assistant Professor of sociology at the Queensborough Community College (City University of New York), USA. He graduated with M.A. in sociology from the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland), and a Ph.D. from the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland). Since 2007, he has taught courses of sociology in Arizona, New Jersey, and New York. Between 2004 and 2010 he worked as a counselor for immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Eugen Bruno Stefan is the President of the Bureau for Social Research in Bucharest. Dr. Bruno Ștefan graduated from the Faculty of Sociology, Psychology and Pedagogy in 1993 and has been a doctor of sociology from the University of Bucharest since 2005. Between 1991-1998 he was a researcher at the Independent Center for Social Studies and Surveys (CIS). In 1998, he set up the Social Research Bureau (BCS) where he has coordinated over 500 sociological research projects. Currently Dr. Bruno Ștefan is an associate professor of sociology at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, where he has been teaching courses in sociology of organizations and managerial communication. Dr. Bruno Ștefan has published 12 books on sociology.
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