Tag: Labor migrants

A New Breeding Ground For Terrorism In Central Asia – the Abandoned Families Of Labor Migrants In Russia

March 12, 2015

Staunton, March 12 — Because of widespread poverty, brittle authoritarian regimes, and the impact of developments in neighboring Afghanistan, the Central Asian countries have long been a breeding ground for Islamist terrorists. But now there is a new component in this mix: the abandoned families of those who have gone to Russia to work. Students […]

Labor Migrants’ Departure Hitting Russians Where They Live

February 18, 2015

Staunton, February 18 – Many Russians have long been accustomed to thinking of immigrant workers as undesirable alines, but the departure of so many of them as a result of the economic crisis and new government restrictions on immigration is beginning to affect Russians where they live – and some of them may soon be […]

Labor Migrants’ Exodus from Russia Marks Final Demise of Soviet Empire, Novoprudsky Says

January 27, 2015

Staunton, January 27 – Russia’s attraction of labor migrants from the former Soviet republics in recent years was “the main and most reliable integration instrument” Moscow had over that space, but now, thanks to the collapse of the economy and harsh restrictions on immigration, Russia has lost both migrants and that source of attraction as […]

Massive Exodus of Migrant Workers from Russia Begins

December 22, 2014

Staunton, December 20 – The collapse of the ruble and the test of Russian language knowledge they will soon be required to take are prompting labor migrants in the Russian Federation to leave in massive numbers, with the leader of the Federation of Migrants now predicting that more than a quarter of them will depart […]

Central Asian Labor Migrants Guided by Middle Eastern States Now Main Terrorist Threat to Russia, Satanovsky Says

December 15, 2014

Staunton, December 13 – Russians have been long accustomed to thinking that the North Caucasus is the main source of a terrorist threat to their country, but the situation has changed, Yevgeny Satanovsky says, and today, Russia faces a far greater terrorist threat from Central Asian migrants who have been penetrated and organized by Saudi […]

Three Demographic Developments in Russia with Serious Political Consequences

October 16, 2014

Staunton, October 15 – Three demographic developments in the Russian Federation reported by media outlets there — the dying out of predominantly Russian areas, labor migrants coming out of the closet in Moscow, and the possibility that a Ukrainian region will re-emerge inside Russia in the Far East — have obvious and potentially destabilizing consequences. […]

Russian Migrantophobia Not Equivalent to Xenophobia or Ethnophobia, Sociologist Says

October 15, 2014

Staunton, October 15 – Migrantophobia in Russian society is not the same thing as either xenophobia or ethnophobia and must not be confused with them, according to a Moscow sociologist. Instead, it reflects the reaction of Russians to people who have come to work in Russia but who are not adapting to social norms because […]

The ‘Immigrant Threat’ Theme Returns to Russian Media

July 14, 2014

Staunton, July 13 – For most of the last six months, the Moscow media have talked about little else than Ukraine, thus shifting the concerns of many Russians away from the issue of immigration from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Now, those same outlets are again focusing on immigrants as a threat. On the one […]

Will Russian Extremists Target Chinese Replacements for Central Asian Gastarbeiters?

June 17, 2014

Staunton, June 16 – Attacks in Russia on gastarbeiters from Central Asia and the Caucasus are a major reason for a 20 percent decline in the number of such immigrants over the last year, and human rights experts predict that the rising tide of xenophobia there will increase the frequency and possible violence of such […]