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Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. The capital city is Kyiv. There are about 41 million inhabitants. The official language is Ukrainian. (Wikipedia)

International organisations and conventions

Ukraine is a member of the Council of Europe (profile at CoE).

Ukraine is not a member of the European Union. Ukraine is part of the Eastern Partnership with the EU.

Ukraine has ratified the UN CRPD (related documents on CRPD).

Main issues and data

Segregation in institutions

Estimated 100,000 children and young people currently reside in various forms of institutions across Ukraine, including in baby homes (children 0-3 years old).

This system has not changed much over two decades and it employs more than 60,000 staff across almost 700 facilities nationwide.

Nearly 1,5% of all children in Ukraine live without family in some form of residential institution – one of the highest rates of child institutionalisation in
the world. (source .pdf)

Inclusion Europe relations

Inclusion Europe member in Ukraine: All-Ukrainian NGO Coalition for Persons with Intellectual Disability (since 2019).

Documents and reports

Links open .pdf or .docx files.

Building a rights-based child protection system in Ukraine, free from institutions (2020)

Poverty and intellectual disability in Europe (2020)

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