Russian emigration

A report from Russia indicates that the numbers of people leaving Russia are greatly underestimated. The most recent data available, from 2017, shows that 377,000 Russians left that year, which is a six-year record.

Where are they going? My guess would have been that the most popular destination countries would be the U.S., and Israel. It turns out that those countries are among the most popular for Russian emigrants. Also among the most popular is Germany.

Apparently there is a ‘diaspora’ of 25 to 30 million Russian speakers — quite a large number of people.  Unfortunately for Russia many of those leaving are the young, and this is contributing to an ‘aging Russia’.  This of course leads to a shortage of labor, and can become justification for accepting large numbers of immigrants. We hear this excuse frequently, from those who favor open borders for our country and for historically White countries — we need ‘hard-working’ immigrants to do the jobs that our supposedly lazy populace won’t do. European countries are also subjected to this line of propaganda.

Russia does admit large numbers of immigrants. According to this article from 2013, the Russian Federation is the world’s second largest immigration haven. Many of the immigrants come from kindred Eastern European countries, which does not pose as much of a problem for Russians.

Russia also has received large numbers of refugees, such as Azerbaijanis, Armenians, and Turks, and in more recent years refugees from more far-flung countries — African countries, for instance.  The Russian government has expressed a welcoming attitude towards the Boer descendants from South Africa and Zimbabwe, despite politically correct sentiments in many Western countries who offer no haven for the besieged Boers.

So does this influx of many immigrants and ‘refugees’ cause the exodus of many Russians or is it the opposite situation, where the outflow of younger people necessitates more immigration?

The ironic thing about this situation is that many right-wing Americans see Russia as an exemplar of a strong, nationalistic country, upholding its own culture and historic religion. More than a few Americans harbor ideas of emigrating to Russia, because of their admiration for Vladimir Putin or for Russia itself. Meanwhile, it seems many Russians are intent on coming to this country, or Germany, or the UK.

One question that often occurs to me: given the U.S. government’s policy of preference for non-White, third-world immigrants, almost exclusively, how is it that such large numbers of Russians and other Eastern Europeans are allowed to immigrate, while other White nationalities are not allowed to come here? It’s an exception without an obvious explanation. Many Irish immigrants, by contrast,  come here illegally because of their difficulty in getting visas, likewise with other kindred countries in Europe, yet Eastern Europeans seem to be given preference.

I am neither anti-Russian nor pro-Russian when it comes to immigration; I think Russian immigration can be both good and bad. Russian immigrants are a mixed bag, with a good few becoming dependent on social programs while others are productive. Many are ‘nice’ people, if that is a criterion for coming here.

Nonetheless I’m not in favor of multiculturalism or mass immigration in general. The globalists have been encouraging and funding this vast game of musical chairs in which all the nations of the world are being put together in the ultimate ‘melting pot’, where all cultures, tongues, and peoples are getting blended away.  It’s pretty cold comfort to be told that at least we will be displaced and replaced by ‘nice, hard-working’ people, or that our children will be replaced or blended with people who are ‘more like us.’

Country-shopping is not a way of life; it spells rootlessness, deracination, loss of kin-bonding and culture. If the globalists’ spell is broken,  I hope that in time we’ll see and end to this global shuffle of peoples.

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Russian emigration

  1. We hear this excuse frequently, from those who favor open borders for our country and for historically White countries — we need ‘hard-working’ immigrants to do the jobs that our supposedly lazy populace won’t do.

    Well, the issue with an aging population and dwindling native workforce, as in the United States, is of course greatly exacerbated by the right of women to murder their own offspring, and/or, to contracept themselves into childlessness, or virtual childlessness. Meanwhile, this has become so ‘normal’ and acceptable and commonplace in our own country that the Gloria Steinems of the world no longer even try to cover up their underlying intentions all along; they just come right out with it – ‘by the tools of abortion and contraception, we mean to replace the native white population with people of color.’ I’m not making that up; Steinem is bold in her hatred of all things civilized and Western. A sane society would have long since locked her kind up and thrown away the key. But so would have a sane society in a bygone era done the same with the likes of e.g. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ottilie Assing. So there ya go.

    I would have guessed the US and Israel as the most popular destinations of the Russian immigrants as well. The world’s tired, its poor, its “huddled masses yearning to be free” always place America high on their list of final destinations. Wonder why? (wink, wink)

    In any case, history, it seems, repeats. There seems to be nothing more natural than for radical liberationists from the Eurasian continent to create havoc in their native lands, then to flee to ‘more friendly environs’ when their governments crack down on them and the going gets tough. And of course they don’t check their radicalism at the border when they come in either. Why would they?

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  2. It’s been so immensely frustrating watching Trump twiddle about while the swarming of what’s left of our country continues, unchallenged. My children, my wife and I are hoping to have our first by no later than year’s end, will be hearing tales of a bygone country that they never knew.

    It’s disgusting too seeing so many on the right hoodwinked by the idea that Russia is some kind of paragon Western Christian civilization. The fact that so many young Russians are leaving should be a tell that something is amiss.

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  3. The fact that so many young Russians are leaving should be a tell that something is amiss.

    True, that’s probably a sign something is amiss, but who knows what? The linked article indicates the emigres are mostly young educated Russians in pursuit of better economic opportunities. I don’t think that little bit of information is enough to tell us much. I know that much ado was made by my State’s public school teachers and their association last year because we ranked (at the time) 49th in teacher compensation. But as I pointed out numerous times while that nonsense was playing itself out, the 49th ranking tells us literally nothing in and of itself no matter how often they repeated it. A five minute long search on Google (if one is smart enough to know what search terms to enter) will yield all sorts of relevant information on the point that blows their claims completely out of the water. Such as, e.g., median household income in Oklahoma as compared with median teacher household income; cost of living index in Oklahoma vs the 49 other states; teacher retirement benefits in Oklahoma vs other states; the number of persons Oklahoma employs in government work vs other states (18% in OK vs 12% in TX, for example), and so on and so forth. In that vein one would have to factor in dozens of such data before he could conclude rightly on the matter, yet our teachers kept parroting the 49th ranking as though it meant something. That (that our teachers are dimwits who can’t understand simple stuff like that) is why the schools are failing in Oklahoma, not because “education” in Oklahoma is “underfunded.”

    Anyway, sorry about going off on that tangent. I wrote all of that of course to illustrate why tiny bits of information, true as they may well be, can only tell us so much.

    I don’t think I would much like to live in Russia, but I should like to have more information about these emigres than that they are young people and “educated” and searching for better economic opportunities. Young people are notoriously ignorant, no matter how much information you cram into their heads in college. I wonder what their ethnic and religious backgrounds are, for example. Also, have the Russians put too much emphasis on the benefits of a college education, as we in the good old US of A have finally begun to realize we have done here? There is only so much demand in any given country at any given moment for college educated workers; might it be that Russia has flooded that market like America has done? And if so, we should probably remove the beam out of our own eye before we go about criticizing the Russians for the mote in theirs. I know that under the Czarist regimes they tried to “Russify” the Jews in the Pale of the Settlement by educating them in Russian Univetsities, and it backfired on them big time!…

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    • Terry, I know anecdotes aren’t necessarily worth much but in my experience it isn’t just young people who are coming here. There is a mix of age groups, from the very old (who are usually brought here by their adult children) and of course the children of the working-age immigrants.

      I don’t think, based on what I see, that there are many college-educated Russians with fluent English coming here, though in multicultural America it seems English is becoming more and more irrelevant, with fluency seemingly not required.

      There are quite a few Russian women here in health-care, though usually in lower-level jobs. There are also more than a few academics, who are obviously a little higher-up on the economic and social scale.

      As to religion, many of them identify as Christians, either orthodox or some Pentecostal. There are also Jewish immigrants though I think their arrival kind of peaked in the 1980s or ’90s. Most of the latter seem to prefer the bigger cities not the smaller towns or rural areas.

      The younger women are sometimes married to American men and usually the Russian bride’s English is not good but their children learn to speak English well. The Russian elderly often never learn English and rely on children and grandchildren to interpret.

      This is not to say that they aren’t good people or good neighbors though there are some problems. I do have personal knowledge via various circumstances and can speak and read a little Russian (not fluently). I’ve always had a certain fascination with Russian people and culture so I’ve been eager to learn and to work with them.

      I think my piece was prompted by my wondering why there seems to be more of an open door for Russian and other E. European immigrants than for other Europeans. We obviously don’t welcome many Whites to this country in our day, so it simply strikes me as odd.
      -VA

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