Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2007

In Osteuropa 8-9/2007

Return and Depart
Migratory Trends in Central Asia

Sébastien Peyrouse

Deutsche Fassung


After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, millions of Russians pulled out of Central Asia and went to Russia. Now the Central Asians are following – as workers. This migration brings with it opportunities and risks. Russia wins workers, but social instability looms due to a growing xenophobia. The migrants transfer their income back home. This influx of money creates prosperity and stability. But the shrinking of the population is also leading to social dislocations.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2007, pp. 245–256)