ASU scientists will conduct a large scale study on migration processes in Central Asia

25 February 2017 Department of Information and Media Communications
Sociologists of Altai State University have received financial backing from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. It is one of the five major projects of Altai State University that is supported by the government authorities.

Scientific project entitled “Transit Migration, Transit Regions and Migration Policy of Russia: Security and Eurasian Integration” follows the new trend in Russia’s national policy and touches on the unexamined migration processes on the territory of Central Asia in comparison with similar situation in European countries.

“National policy of our country has transformed significantly in concordance with the processes occurring in the ethnocultural sphere in recent years. It is especially true for Russia’s migration policy. In particular, it concerns such Central Asian countries as China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan,” explained project supervisor, Head of the Department of Psychology of Communication and Psychotechnologies, Doctor of Sociology, Professor Svetlana G. Maksimova. “Propagation of neo-Eurasianism ideas among Russian political elite lead to participation of Russia in integration projects opposed to the Western ones and reaching out to recreation of the former unity. All of this had an impact on the character of migration processes and change of ethnocultural landscape in Russian regions. From this perspective we are going to carry out our research on peculiarities of transit migration in Central Asia.”

The unicity of the project lies in the fact that it studies migration processes in the former Soviet republics and at the same time compares the obtained results with the situation in European countries.

“Our project is comprehensive. Moreover, scientists of Altai State University and Central European University will work on it simultaneously. As a result we will be able to compare the situation in Russia with the similar situation in Europe,” emphasized Svetlana G. Maksimova.

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