Labour Migration on the Post-Soviet Territory

  • Olga ChudinovskikhEmail author
  • Mikhail Denisenko
Part of the Societies and Political Orders in Transition book series (SOCPOT)


This chapter examines the trends and characteristics of international labour migration in the CIS countries after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. This type of migration became dominant in the late 1990s and now defines the general character of migration in the region. The operation of selected sectors of the economy of the main host countries, Russia and Kazakhstan, and the lives of millions of households in donor countries depend on labour migration. A significant part of the flow is focused on Russia, which became the centre of the regional migration system. At the same time, an increasing amount of migrants from the states of the European part of the CIS are leaving to work in non-CIS countries in Europe. Labour migration in the CIS is characterised by a large proportion of undocumented migrants and predominance of low-skilled workers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of DemographyNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  3. 3.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

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