Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2011

In Osteuropa 2-3/2011

The Great Exodus
Demographic Trends on Russia’s Northern Periphery

Timothy Heleniak, Tobias Holzlehner, Elena Khlinovskaya

Deutsche Fassung


The end of the Soviet Union was accompanied by the collapse of the centrally planned economy. This set off a massive migration of people, especially from the peripheral regions of Russia. Since 1991, the far north has lost almost a fifth of its population. Some 59 percent has left the Magadan region; almost three-fourths of the inhabitants have left the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. This has grave consequences for the socio-economic situation of those who remain and for infrastructure, settlement, and the job market.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2011, pp. 371–386)