The New Russian Exile: Russian Migration to Central Asia and the South Caucasus

Central Asia and Caucasus Seminar
Event Format

Russia’s war on Ukraine has caused massive waves of out-migration of its citizens to the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The migration flows are highly fluid and have a powerful impact on the receiving states, their governments, and societies. The sudden influx of Russian immigrants has stimulated social and political tensions among Russia’s neighbors.  What is the future for these new immigrants? Will they stay, and how are local societies in the receiving states reacting to their presence? The panel will discuss the ongoing developments around Russian migration to Central Asia and South Caucasus, compare the situations in Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, and share thoughts on the political, economic, and social implications.

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This event is co-sponsored by George Washington University.


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