Qualitative and Quantitative Changes in Migration from the Countries of the Former Soviet Union to Germany and Norway

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    • Presentation speakers
      • Ekaterina Bagreeva, Russian Economic University of G. V. Plekhanov
      • German Mendzheritskiy, Librarium Archives Russe de la Presse Ancienne


    The migration from the countries of former Soviet Union brought to Germany and Norway thousands of migrants between 1990 and 2013. The report is based on the results from field research on Russian speaking migrants in Norway and Germany, conducted by the authors during 2008-2010 (qualitative and quantitative), continuing of this research in 2012-2013 (qualitative), as well as the data from the relevant statistical and empirical sources. In case of Germany the migration in 1990s and beginning of 2000s was mainly ethnical and consisted of a vast majority of ethnic Germans and their family members, and then the group of ethnic Jews with their family members, as well as other small groups of migrants with amount of more than one hundred thousand per year in mid 1990s. (total amount of migrants from former USSR about 2,5 million people)and the declining amount after the 2000. In Norway, more than 60% of the migrants arriving in the 1990s were women getting married and rest is work and student migration with total amount about 14,000 migrants from the former Soviet Union. During the last several years context of migration from the countries of former Soviet Union in Norway and Germany is changing sufficiently in terms of amount, background, aims, and everyday practice of emigrants. Our report analysis the current changes in mobility of this migrant group.