The displacement of 25 million ethnic Russians from the newly independent states is a major social and political consequence of the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Pilkington engages with the perspectives of officialdom, of those returning to their ethnic homeland, and of the receiving populations. She examines the policy and the practice of the Russian migration regime before looking at the social and cultural adaptation for refugees and forced migrants. Her work illuminates wider contemporary debates about identity and migration.

part |2 pages

Part I Policy and practice: The formation of the Russian migration regime

chapter 1|20 pages

Did they jump or were they pushed?

Empirical and conceptual issues in post-Soviet migration

chapter 3|15 pages

The legislative framework

When is a refugee not a refugee?

chapter 4|40 pages

The institutional framework

Securitizing migration

chapter 5|17 pages

Putting policy into practice

A regional comparison

part |2 pages

Part II Going home? Social and cultural adaptation of refugees and forced migrants

chapter |7 pages


Into the field …

chapter 6|25 pages

More push than pull?

Motivations for migration

chapter 7|22 pages

Surviving the drop

Social and economic adaptation

chapter 8|21 pages

‘Us and them’: Crossing the cultural border to post-Soviet

Crossing the cultural border to post-Soviet Russia

chapter 9|15 pages

The ‘other’ Russians

Displacement and national-identity formation among forced migrants

chapter 10|8 pages


Migration without boundaries?