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Immigration, Emigration, and Intercultural Relations in Modern Russia

January 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Location:Canadian Studies Lounge, Room 1212 Dunton Tower

Metropolis presents:

Immigration, Emigration, and Intercultural Relations in Modern Russia

A lecture given by Dr. Konstantin Romanov

As Russia enters the 21st century, it is confronting a set of new migration challenges. According to a United Nations report on World Population Policies, Russia now ranks second in the world for total immigration stock, behind only the United States. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has become a new and very large “migration magnet” for both legal and undocumented immigrants, while at the same time also experiencing a new wave of out-migration. The presence of large numbers of immigrants in Russia, in particular Moscow, have led to social tensions and a major domestic political issue for the government. Illegal immigration, brain drain, and rising ethnic violence have become the main challenges of Russia’s social policy in the future.

In his talk, Dr. Romanov will explore these emerging migration-related issues that will significantly determine the future shape of Russia.

Konstantin Romanov, an instructor at and graduate of the Moscow State University (Ph.D. in Culture Studies, 2009), is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. His dissertation focused on The Creative Personality of E. Pauline Johnson and the Development of Canada’s National Identity. The goal of his research at Carleton is to analyze the modern tradition of Canadian Studies in Canada, including compiling a textbook, in view of supporting the shifting focus of North American Studies programs in Russian universities, which are now beginning to address Canadian society in depth.

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