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Current topic: Internal migrant workers in the system of migrations in post-Soviet Russia. The background

  • Horizontal instead of vertical mobility and the phenomenon of internal migrant workers

  • The polarization of the countryside

  • The polarization of cities

  • Differences in earnings: large cities, suburbs, remote places

  • The incompleteness of Russian urbanization

  • The transition from a labor shortage model with a large number of employed to one of labor surplus

  • The unreadiness of most people for small business and the “free time trap”

  • Conclusion

  • Links to related topics

  • Topics of previous issues

World demographic barometer

Remittances of International migrants: 2014

  • The number of international migrants, made more precise according to the last round of censuses has exceeded 247 million people

  • In 2014, according to preliminary estimates of the World Bank, total remittances of international migrants came to 583 billion US dollars, of which 436 billion were sent to developing countries

  • The largest volume of remittances is sent to India - $ 70 billion

  • The largest volume of remittances is sent from the United States - nearly 54 billion dollars in 2013

  • Almost 20% of remittances from the US are sent to Mexico, 26% of those from Russia to Uzbekistan, and 24% of those from Saudi Arabia to India

  • The cost of remittances is declining, but remains too high, especially among the countries of sub-Saharan Africa

Through the eyes of the analysts

  • Internal migrant workers as a new factor of social life

  • Non-agricultural migrant workers in Russia in the second half of the 19th – beginning of the 20th centuries: the main stages of its study and characterization

  • Internal Russian labor migration: its prevalence and the geography of its movements

  • Natives of Dagestan in Western Siberia: on the question of the formation of translocal communities


  • Russians have rated their financial situation

  • Russians’ ideas about their spending on food

  • The truth about health!

  • Is emigration losing popularity among Russians?

In the vastness of Russia

  • Mortality among Russians has declined steadily in recent years

  • Putin explains the increase in mortality in 2015 by the increase in life expectancy

  • Will the total fertility rate reach 1.85 by 2020?

  • Has civil marriage in Russia been legalized de facto?

  • Matvienko does not support the idea of equating a civil marriage with a lawful one

  • The recognition of religious marriage ceremonies legalizes polygamy

  • Minimum monthly wage has ceased to fulfill its main social function

  • One in three Russians wants to change jobs for better pay

  • Russian government is satisfied with the changes in the social sphere of Sevastopol

  • The number of orphans in Russia has decreased by 40% over 5 years

  • Deputies want to ensure the right of children from large families to study at the same school

  • Russia’s “happiness index” has grown

  • Matvienko considers the introduction of penalties for parasitism illegal and immoral

  • Official unemployment rate falls to 0.1%

  • Medvedev calls the introduction of plastic cards instead of passports a progressive idea

  • Ministry of Communications is ready to replace paper passports of citizens of the Russian Federation with biometric ones

  • Proposal to allow Russians to have two foreign travel passports at the same time

  • Has the uncontrolled migration flow to Russia stopped for the first time?

  • Employment of refugees from the Ukraine is made difficult because of registration

  • Migrants are forbidden to work outside of their profession

  • Voronezh deputies propose to exempt migrant agricultural workers from exams

  • FMS will not deport HIV-infected foreigners with relatives in Russia

  • Mortality from road accidents often does not depend on doctors

  • Around 11% of Russians annually refuse to vaccinate their children

  • Over 40% of Russian conscripts do not meet health requirements

  • In Russia the problems of determining disability remain acute

  • Health Ministry proposes to allow the donation of children’s organs

  • ROC puts to shame Duma deputies not voting to remove abortions from mandatory health insurance

  • Half of Russians satisfied with the state of their health

  • Fewer than half of Russians are treated at public clinics

Eurasian panorama

  • On January 1, 2015 3,729,500 people were living in Georgia

  • Natural population decrease in Belarus has grown by almost a third

  • Ukrainian government has submitted draft of a new pension reform

  • Ukrainians will be able to inherit the pension of their relatives

  • Will former citizens of Kazakhstan be able to stay in Russia without a pension?

  • In Ukraine, 1.8 million unemployed

  • Registered unemployment in Belarus has risen by 73.1%

  • Size of the unemployment benefit in Belarus will not increase

  • Turkmen authorities are driving the possessors of dual citizenship out of the country

  • Decision on visa-free regime with the EU for Ukraine and Georgia is still pending

  • Is the EU not giving Ukraine a visa-free regime because of the situation in its economy?

  • In past year 460 thousand citizens of Moldova have been to the EU without visas

  • Kirgizia developing a concept of migration policy until 2025

  • Uzbekistan not yet planning to open a representative office in the Russian Migration Service

  • Migrants from EAEC countries have been fully equated with local workers

  • Kirgiz migrants will find it easier to be legalized in Kazakhstan after Kirgizia’s entry into the EAEC

  • Over 15 thousand children of internal migrants in Kirgizia are in the care of relatives

  • Some formerly deported Tajik citizens have been allowed to return to Russia

  • The volume of money transfers from Russia to CIS countries has dropped by almost half

  • Within three-month period in 2015 $239.73 million worth of remittances were sent to Moldova

  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS demands that Kirgizia reimburse $121 thousand

World news

  • On January 1, 2015 there were 1,313,271 people living in Estonia

  • Over last ten years the number of children living in Lithuania has decreased by 30%

  • EU will not expand for at least the next 10 years

  • The next UN Secretary-General should be a woman, says Ban Ki-moon

  • More than 50% of the Bulgarian population lives below the poverty line

  • Authorities in New York intend to pull about 800 thousand inhabitants out of poverty over the next 10 years

  • Denmark records the greatest number of employed since 2009

  • The unemployment rate of Estonian youth without higher education is 19%

  • Finland expects record unemployment for past 15 years

  • EU needs to strengthen pan-European border controls

  • EU takes first steps to solve the problems of migrants and refugees

  • Merkel urges EU countries to accept refugees from Libya

  • Latvian authorities don’t want to accept refugees from the “third world”

  • Estonia does not intend to accept refugees from Africa

  • Germany will not give asylum to migrants from the north of Montenegro

  • Saudi Arabia will create center for provision of humanitarian assistance to Yemen

  • 115 children have become victims of the armed conflict in Yemen

  • The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has exceeded 7.7 thousand

  • The number of people infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa has exceeded 26.3 thousand people

  • Is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa nearing the end?

  • Global spending on cancer medicines has exceeded $100 billion

  • Europe’s most overweight people live in northern countries

  • Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryo for the first time

  • Half of the world’s languages may disappear by the end of the century

  • Will Arctic summers see no ice by the year 2040?

  • The movement against gay marriage in France has been transformed into a political party

The newspapers write about

  • “Vedomosti” on demographics and the end of the Chinese economic miracle

  • “Forbes” on Russia’s worsening demographic situation

  • “Ekspert” on the labor market and migration in the EU

  • “Telegraf” on Riga’s shrinking population

  • “Chas” on the dying out of Latvia’s provinces

  • “RBK” on the weak influence of the maternity capital on fertility rates in Russia

  • “Russkaya sluzhba BBC” on the risk of death during pregnancy

  • “NRG” on the earthquake in Nepal and surrogacy in Israel

  • “EurasiaNet” on early marriage in Kirgizia

  • “Tages anzeiger” on family values in Latin America

  • “Vedomosti” on “traditional values” in Russia

  • “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on the first fruits of the new policy on migrant workers

  • “Kommersant” and “Novaya gazeta” on refugees in the world and in Europe

  • “El Mundo” and “Atlantico” on Europe’s immigration problems

  • “Kommersant” on how Russia is hindering Europe’s fight with illegal immigration

  • “The Guardian” on the growth of immigration in Israel

  • “Izvestia.com.ua” on lines for Polish visas in Kiev

  • “Kommersant” on the Baltimore riots

  • “Ekho Moskvy” on the USA’s multilayered racial problems

  • “Opec.ru” on the danger for drug users of contracting AIDS and hepatitis

  • “UzDaily.uz” on the benefits of immunization

  • “Meditsinskaya gazeta” on the tuberculosis problem

  • “The Washington Post” on modifying the human genome

  • “Novye izvestiya” and “Vedomosti” on the funded pension

  • “FINANCE.UA” on pension reform in Ukraine

  • “Kommersant” on the possibility of depriving “shadow workers” of Mandatory Medical Insurance

  • “Vedomosti” on shrinking consumption in Russia

  • “Rossiyskaya gazeta” on poverty in Russian cities

  • “Dengi” on the problems of Russian education

  • “Vedomosti” on Russia’s housing problem

  • “BBC” on megacities

  • “Ogonyok” on the aging of old age

  • “The Sunday Times” on an undefined gender

Read books and newspapers

  • Towards a migration policy based on facts

  • Integration of migrants: Concepts and Practice

  • The awareness of migrants about TB and HIV

  • Migration and the labor market

  • Women and men of the Kirgiz Republic. 2009-2013

  • Through the pages of the magazines “Migratsiya XXI vek” (“Migration in the 20th century”) and “Problemy prognozirovaniya” (“Problems of Forecasting”)

  • Contents of the journal “Migrations Societe”

Profession: researcher

  • Congratulations to Georgiy Mikhailovich Lappo on receiving the Constantine Medal of the Russian Geographic Society!

  • 85 years since the birth of Yuri Alexandrovich Levada

  • Yuri Levada. Public opinion on the horizon of centuries

  • From the memoirs about Yuri Alexandrovich Levada

  • Scientific seminar in memory of Valentina Sergeyevna Steshenko

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