The article discusses points of similarity between contemporary Russian internal migration to Moscow and other cities and Polish migration to Western Europe. It examines four aspects of post-communist societies: socio-economic disparity between and within Russian and Polish regions; an oversupply of university graduates; low social trust; and housing shortages. The first three of these factors shape the nature and direction of migration flows, 'forcing' migration from economically underdeveloped areas with limited livelihood options, especially for graduates, and encouraging the use of informal migration networks. Shortages of affordable housing in cities discourages permanent migration within Russia but the availability of affordable rented accommodation promotes settlement by Polish migrants in countries such as the UK.
|Translated title of the contribution||Trends in post-communist labour migration.: A comparison of Russian [internal] and Polish [international] migration.|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2013|