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40% of young people in Russia want to leave the country

10.02.2019 Anton Chekhov

40% of Russians between 18 and 24 are prone to emigrate, according to Levada Analytical Center, Russian non-governmental sociological  research organization.

After the survey of 4th February Levada-Center claimed that overall 17% of Russian citizens wonder if they’d like to emigrate. Senior people, 55 and older, show less interest in leaving the home country. In the same time people who live in countryside and small towns are more eager to leave than those who live in megapolises. Residents of 52 RF regions took part in the survey.

Analytics and journalists tend to link those numbers with the results of previous Levada-Center survey that have shown 45% of Russians are positive Russian Federation is on the wrong path. In the same time only 42% of Russians claimed the support to the course of the country.

Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president Vladimir Putin, made a statement in relation to the Levada-Center survey. He said that “40% is not such a high rate” as in the same time the majority of Russians (that is 83%) do not want to leave. “We must not to evaluate those results in isolation from the whole range of questions in the survey”, he added.

Apparently Mr. Peskov implied that the same survey of 4th February showed that 61% of people “definitely do not want to emigrate” – it is a maximum in the last 7 years. In 2018 there were only 56%.

Among the reasons why young people want to live outside RF analytics specify:

  • general idea of globalization: some of them are not associating themselves with only one country and want to be considered as the citizens of the world;
  • they are not happy with the quality of life in RF;
  • the major reasons are: lack of democracy, high level of social stratification, absence of social lifts, poor working conditions, violation of human rights.

Also analytics note that reasons of emigration have changed significantly since the times of Perestroyka (the end of 1980s and 1990s). In soviet and first post-soviet years Russians wanted to look the miraculous merchandises of The West. Now emigrants want the general change of their lives based on their values.