Migrant adaptation in Eastern Russia

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Ekaterinburg, 23 May 2018, the DOC Research Institute (DOC) joined with the Ural Institute of Humanities of the Ural Federal University (UrFU) to hold a roundtable on the problems of migrant adaptation in Eastern Russia and ways to properly address them. Alexey Malashenko, the DOC’s chief researcher, moderated the event, which gathered experts from Moscow, Irkutsk, and Ekaterinburg.

Elena Mikhailova, research director at Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), reflected on migration issues from a sociological perspective. Julia Florinskaya, senior researcher at the Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economics and Public Administration (RANEPA), reported on current trends in labour migration in Russia. Alexey Antoshin, professor at the Department of Eastern Studies and director of the Research Center for Migration Processes of UrFU, compared Russian and American migration policies and challenges. Issues of social infrastructure transformation under the influence of migration development were presented by Elena Bedrina, senior researcher at the Institute of Economic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ural Department. Viktor Dyatlov, professor at the department of World History and International Relations of Irkutsk State University, spoke on the problem of migrant clusters in contemporary Siberian cities. Mikhail Vandyshev, associate professor at the department of Applied Sociology of UrFU, reported on programmes of inclusive education for migrant children in Ural schools, and presented the data of a recent poll carried out among teachers in the Sverdlovsk region. Alexey Starostin, associate professor at the Ural State Mining University, spoke on the issue of Muslim community transformation in the Asian part of Russia and migrant flows in the region.

Polina Shumilova, a postgraduate at the Institute of State Management of UrFU, looked at how to monitor problems of interethnic tensions in Russia. Olga Bogatyreva, professor at the department of Theory and History of International Relations of UrFU, examined international and national standards for individuals seeking asylum, and also looked at economic, social, and cultural rights. Elena Grunt, professor at the department of Applied Sociology of UrFU, presented an image of migrants from Muslim countries in terms of how they are perceived by Russian students, based on a survey conducted in Ekaterinburg. Valeria Franz, associate professor at the Institute of State Management of UrFU, reflected on the political identity of migrants as a factor in their integration in the receiving community. The principles of dialogue among civilisations, in order to bridge identity gaps and foster social cohesion, were presented by Nikita Konopaltsev, the DOC’s senior researcher.

Roundtable participants agreed that migration plays an important role in the formation of state and public development and makes a profound impact on the economic and social landscape. Roundtable participants debated major strategies of interaction with migrants in Eastern Russia, and paid particularly special attention to the humanitarian aspects of migrant adaptation programmes implemented both in Russia and abroad.

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