Russian-speaking migrants in Southeast Asia

Ryazantsev S.V.

Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Prof.; Director of the Institute for Socio-Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Head of Department of Demographic and Migration Policy of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of MFA of Russia, Head Laboratory of Demographic Studies, Belgorod State National Research University, Moscow, Russia

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Ryazantsev S.V. Russian-speaking migrants in Southeast Asia. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2017. No 8. P. 66-72


The article discusses the features and forms of modern emigration of Russian citizens to South-East Asia based on domestic and foreign statistics especially features of the formation and socio-demographic structure of the “Russian-speaking” communities in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. The characteristic features of “Russianspeaking” economy operation in the countries of Southeast Asia are discribed, which is not only a serious socio-economic phenomenon with significant development potential. It is noted that in the Russian foreign policy and foreign economic activity, the factor of “Russian-speaking” communities and “Russian-speaking” economies has not yet found a proper reflection and is not used as a resource for promoting Russian interests in the region.

factors; forms, trends; the emigration of Russian citizens; Russia; South East Asia (SEA); tourism; temporary migration; migration for permanent residence


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