Russia’s Migration Policy for Central Asia: Missed Opportunities?
What is Russia's role in Central Asia? How do those in Central Asia perceive Moscow's policies? What is at the core of this relationship: labor migration, multimillion loans, or Russia’s security umbrella? The article is an attempt to provide answers proceeding from the thesis that with the inheritance from the Soviet past dwindling, the region's approach to Russia is changing, including the defining motivation and aspirations that prevailed 10-12 years ago. To this end, building a positive image in the FSU should become Russia's paramount strategic goal. However, a solution would require greater consistency, greater resource input, and, of some significant interest, the application of flexible, efficient “game-changing” tools from its soft power arsenal.
Миграционная политика, Россия, Центральная Азия, migration policy, Russia