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Connecticut for Ukraine is a unique program for Ukrainian refugees.

Why Connecticut for Ukraine?

When the conflict in Ukraine began, the head of the UN refugee agency said that “the Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered the fasting-growing refugee crisis in Europe since the second world war” (March 2022, The Guardian) Consistent with this global urgency and complementing the efforts of generous European countries hosting displaced Ukrainians, in April 2022 President Biden announced United for Ukraine (U4U), a new streamlined process offering Ukrainian citizens fleeing the war opportunities to come to the United States.

In anticipation of the program’s launch in the U.S., Dana Bucin, Chair of Murtha Cullina Immigration Practice and Honorary Consul of Romania to Connecticut, headed to the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, to meet with Ukrainian refugees and discuss their legal options for entering the United States. “As a Romanian native, Hartford immigration attorney Dana Bucin said she was inspired by television footage of Romanians taking in refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine” and felt the urge to take action. “My country is welcoming Ukrainian refugees as we speak,” Bucin said. “I have witnessed a lot of Romanians generously opening their homes and country to these refugees. I have watched these images over and over. I thought I should be doing something. […] Now I get a chance to help them at my border with the U.S. and Mexico,” Bucin said, adding she can continue to help where her Romanian compatriots left off. [As she states, she] has been aware of the needs of refugees through partnerships with the League for Defense of Human Rights in Cluj, Romania (LADO Cluj) and the University of Babes-Bolyai’s Romanian Center for Comparative Migration Studies.” (April, 2022 CTNewsJunkie)

After returning to CT from the southern border, Dana Bucin worked tirelessly to get the CT program for Ukraine up and running. A local non-profit organization, Romanul Corp, raised funds, the team at the Honorary Consulate researched and prepared application forms for sponsors and beneficiaries of the program, and Ukrainian-born intern Alona Voronova from the Murtha Cullina Law Firm conducted the interviews so that attorney Bucin could make the most appropriate matching between the sponsors and beneficiaries enrolled in the program. Thanks to this joint effort maintained with enthusiasm and optimism by the Romanian-born lawyer from Connecticut, over 60 Ukrainians have arrived in our state through this program alone, and more than 100 others are already on the waiting list.

Those who have already reached out to CT through our program express their gratitude and thanks to the American sponsors who have opened their homes and hearts in these tragic times they are living through. We desire to continue to expand this community of support that we hope will endure into the future, cultivating relationships based on compassion and mutual understanding for our fellow human beings around the world. Those who choose to join our program will enjoy attention and support from our entire team and our partners, tailored to their individual needs so that everyone has a wonderful experience. Together we can make humanism triumph, even in the face of life’s tragic events.

"When we arrived at our house, we were pleasantly surprised by the house itself and absolutely everything in it, because every little thing was thought out."

Hi there! My name is Nina, I am from the Ukrainian border town Sumy. I am already in the USA (CT) with my children, an 8-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl. It was difficult for me to accept any help from complete strangers since the beginning of the war, because usually I am a person who solves all my problems and helps others. But the war left me no choice and now, after 4 months of wandering in an abandoned Polish house in the village, I am under the care of a family from Connecticut for 2 years. The host family bought us tickets, it was the best and easiest flight of my life. We quickly issued documents upon arrival and a stamp and were met by our sponsors. When we arrived at our house, we were pleasantly surprised by the house itself and absolutely everything in it, because every little thing was thought out. Our sponsors take care of us every day, take us to the store and on errands, and soon we will register our children for school. We already saw the ocean, the yacht club and the city library, bought food in huge supermarkets and just walked the streets. I still can’t believe that this is my wonderful new reality. It is safe and has many opportunities.

– Nina

Why Connecticut (CT)?

By choosing Connecticut for Ukraine, you will have a permanent contact in case you need guidance navigating the local community and beyond, working through cultural or language barriers, or building a welcoming support network while away from friends and family. Finding employment, educational and socializing opportunities for children, and meeting the local Ukrainian communities will help you draw the strength needed to navigate a new environment and heal from the wounds of war.

 

  • Within 500 miles of Connecticut are states comprising over 29% of U.S. population, 30% of U.S. businesses, 31% of U.S. jobs, and 32% of U.S. GDP. Connecticut is right in the center of all this and, as such, is rife with opportunities for all people. (Jetro.go.jp)
  • Connecticut is rated the 4th most productive workforce in the United States. (Advancect.org)
  • Connecticut’s capital city, Hartford, is called the insurance capital of the United States, with 9 times the average percentage of people working in insurance than in any other given place in the U.S. (Biglanguage.com)
    • As of 2020, the median household income is $79,855, which is $14,861 higher than the United States average.
    • The leading industries in Connecticut are Healthcare/ Life Sciences, Social Services, Retail, Insurance, Manufacturing, and Education.
    • According to Connecticut’s Department of Labor, there are an estimated 100,000 active job openings in Connecticut as of 05/19/22.
    • Connecticut is one of the healthiest states in the United States. It is ranked 3rd in the nation for healthcare.
    • Connecticut was often cited as the safest state during the Covid-19 Pandemic, and as of August 2022, 81% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
    • If you’re looking to experience the nature around you, Connecticut has 139 State Parks where you can camp or walk through at a leisurely pace. There are also 2 National Parks in Connecticut: the famous Appalachian (which starts in Maine, passes through Connecticut, and ends in Georgia), as well as the Weir Farm National Historical Park.
    • In addition to the National and State parks, Connecticut has over 5,800 miles (9,334 kilometers) of rivers and streams, many of which allow water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, tubing.
    • In combination with a productive workforce, Connecticut is the third-most educated state in the US. CT ranks fourth for Educational Attainment and fifth for Quality of Education rank. Connecticut ranks fifth for the highest percentage of Bachelor’s degree holders and third for the highest percentage of graduate or professional degree holders.
    • There are 1,288 public schools in Connecticut and 44 colleges/universities which enroll over 185,000 students every semester. Some of the more famous universities are Yale University (Ivy League) and Quinnipiac University.
    • Connecticut has an average high school graduation rate of 93%, compared to the US average of 88.6%. (US News)
    • An estimated number of 20,000 people born in Ukraine or having Ukrainian heritage are living in Connecticut. Connecticut also has many churches for every religion you may practice, with 20 churches in the state being either Ukrainian Orthodox or Catholic. There is also a consistent Polish community here (estimated at over 284,000 people), in addition to other Eastern European communities, such as Lithuanian, Hungarian or Romanian. Bakeries and restaurants (such as those found in the “Little Poland” neighborhood in New Britain like Staropolska, Roly Poly, and the Transilvania Restaurant and Bar in East Haven) or several convenience stores offer a variety of Eastern-European dishes and products. Fairs and festivals gather community members to display their traditions, dances, music, arts and crafts, and ethnic dishes.

    Who is behind Connecticut for Ukraine?

      Dana Bucin

      Dana Bucin

      Program Director

      Immigration lawyer and the Honorary Consul of Romania to Connecticut

      Alona Voronova

      Alona Voronova

      Communication Director

      JD Candidate at the University of Connecticut and Intern at Murtha Cullina Law

      Ana Hojbota

      Ana Hojbota

      Research Director

      Consular Assistant – Research & Web Content at the Honorary Consul of Romania to CT

      Corina Crisan

      Corina Crisan

      Ethics and Human Rights Consultant

      Ethics and Human Rights Consultant at the Honorary Consulate of Romania in Connecticut

      Nicu Marcu

      Research Assistant

      UConn student (Philosophy) and Intern at the Honorary Consulate of Romania in Connecticut

      Julia Todeasa

      Research Assistant

      UConn student (Literature, Cultures, and Languages) and Intern at the Honorary Consulate of Romania in Connecticut

      Vladyslava Kist

      Vladyslava Kist

      Communications Assistant

      Connecticut for Ukraine Partners

        Connecticut for Ukraine