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Russians are leaving the country in droves

Russians are leaving the country in droves | Geography Education |
Over a bottle of vodka and a traditional Russian salad of pickles, sausage and potatoes tossed in mayonnaise, a group of friends raised their glasses and wished Igor Irtenyev and his family a happy journey to Israel.

My regional class has been learning about Russia this week and when I first started teaching a few years ago, I would teach that Russia had a population of 145 million.  Today it is 141 million and part of that is due to migrants leaving a country that they see as lacking in economic opportunities and political freedoms (another part of the story is that birth rates plummeted after the collapse of the Soviet Union in what demographers have called the "Russian Cross").  In the last few years the population appears to have stabilized, but there are still many who do not see a vibrant future from themselves within Russia.  

Tags: Russia, migration, Demographics, immigration, unit 2 population.

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 1, 1:23 AM

This article from a couple years ago is about Russian emigration. A large number of Russians were leaving the country for better economic opportunity. Some cite the overbearing rule of Putin, but the pay in other countries is just better than what Russia can offer. This was particularly the case for the more educated, another instance of "brain drain" hurting a nation which is already in trouble.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 12:00 PM

Migration occurs for many reasons. People move from country to country every day. Leaving Russia was this families choice and moving to Israel can have an impact on them greater than if they were to stay in Russia.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, November 17, 10:59 AM

This is one of those articles that makes me scratch my head and thinking WTF? In the past Russia has had its problems, but I had no idea that it was THIS BAD. Not paying his people, out-dated equipment? Its pretty simple! If you want to be the best you have to pay to be the best. The fact that his own people are just walking away from everything and everyone they know and love is astonishing. How bad actually is it? All of these empty houses and things are going to be a documentary someday, abandoned towns and the ruling of Putin. Maybe Chernobly wasn't the worst disaster Russia has seen, but having to survive under Puntin.

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