Migrant Agency Challenge to the Mobile Law: a case-study from Ukraine

This paper on the basis of several empirical examples discusses how the public law operates and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine are impacting it in the context of the securitization-desecuritisation and conceptual approaches to studying migrant agency. In doing so it pays due regard to the effort to reconcile security and human rights in the country fighting the external aggression and takes into account the changes brought by the COVID-19.
Based on the documentary analysis and series of semi-structured interviews with Ukrainian IDPs and experts regarding the events of 2014-2020, it explores the IDPs’ ability to change the law, as well as strategies and instruments employed, in order to test the hypothesis about the influence of the expert knowledge on the internal migrants’ agency within the law, agency and security nexus.