ABSTRACT

Russia has a very large pool of economic migrants, up to 25% of the workforce according to some estimates. Although many migrants, many from former Soviet countries which are now independent, entered Russia legally, they frequently face bureaucratic obstacles to legal employment and Russian citizenship, factors which have led to a very large “shadow economy”. This book presents a comprehensive examination of migrant labour in Russia. It describes the nature of migrant labour, explores the shadow economy and its unfortunate consequences, and discusses the rise of popular sentiment against migrants and the likely impact. The book also sets the Russian experiences of migrant labour in context, comparing the situation in Russia with that in other countries with significant migrant labour workforces.

chapter 2|19 pages

Migration policies in Russia: Laws and debates

BySERGEY ABASHIN

chapter 3|2 pages

Russian foreign policy and migrant workers

ByMARKKU KANGASPURO AND ANNA-LIISA HEUSALA

chapter |5 pages

‘Decent work’ and EEU integration

chapter |1 pages

Conclusions

chapter |2 pages

Notes

chapter |2 pages

References

chapter 7|18 pages

Religion and the integration of migrants

ByKAARINA AITAMURTO

chapter |3 pages

Notes

chapter 9|5 pages

Conclusions: Societal and political consequences of the shadow economy in Russia

ByANNA-LIISA HEUSALA AND KAARINA AITAMURTO