Emigrant sentiments continue to grow in Russia as the standard of living goes downhill, the post-Crimean syndrome dies out, and the authorities, instead of the idea of the future, propose repression to society and a course towards “resuscitation” of the USSR corpse.
As of May 2021, 22% of Russian citizens said they would like to go abroad for permanent residence, a survey conducted by the Levada Center (included in the register of NGOs performing the functions of a foreign agent) showed.
In four years, the share of those wishing to emigrate has grown by 7 percentage points, and its current values are the highest in 8 years.
Among young people, 48% of respondents said they wanted to leave, which is slightly below the historical maximum shown in 2019 (53%).
In the most economically active generation (25-39 years old) one in three declared the desire to emigrate.
At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in the number of those who consider the departure scenario seriously. One in ten reported that they are taking some steps to make emigration a reality. The share of those who are considering the possibility of leaving reached the maximum in the history of observations – 8%.
For young people, whose interest in moving has arisen earlier than others, the rest of the population is “catching up”, the director of the Levada Center, Denis Volkov, comments on the results of the study (he is quoted by Open Media).
Thus, among people aged 25-39 and 40-54, the share of those wishing to emigrate has doubled over the past six years. Now it is 33% and 21%, respectively, against 17% and 11% in 2015.
The decline in interest in emigration “was after the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the intensification of the conflict with the West,” recalls Volkov: then sociologists recorded “a one-stage deterioration in attitudes towards the West and a sharp increase in the authority of their country.”
But Crimean syndrome will gradually lose its analgesic effect for people whose incomes have fallen by 10% and continue to decline for the seventh consecutive year. “At first, there was a peak in the attitude“ home is better, ”Volkov said. – But then the desire to leave began to grow smoothly. It is connected with the fact that internal problems are becoming more visible, and there is a normalization of attitudes towards the West. And problems at home and ideas about the West are the main motives for leaving. “