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Motives for internal migration in Russia: what has changed in recent years?


  • Vakulenko, Elena

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE). Moscow, Russian Federation)


This article is devoted to the study of factors of interregional migration of the population in Russia. The analysis is carried out the data on migration of 2011–2016, collected by Rosstat under the new rules of statistical accounting, which led to a doubling of the volume of internal migration. The results show that motives for modern internal migrants in Russia are changed with comparison with results before 2011. For modern migrants, regional economic factors such as average per capita incomes and housing market indicators are not so much important, as the indicators of quality of life, infrastructure and ecology. Poor regions don’t participate in intensive migration: migrants don’t want to move to poor regions and don’t leave them. Resource regions have become less attractive. Moving motives for modern migrants are more associated with indicators of the origin region. The most intensive migration occurs mainly between regions with similar in quality factors and the standards of living.

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  • Vakulenko, Elena, 2019. "Motives for internal migration in Russia: what has changed in recent years?," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 55, pages 113-138.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:apltrx:0376

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    internal migration; Russian regions; poverty level; gravity model; factors of migration; interregional differentiation;

    JEL classification:

    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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