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Central Asian migrant workers in Russia

Are Central Asian Migrant Workers Ready to Leave Russia?
April 13, 2022

Are Central Asian Migrant Workers Ready to Leave Russia?

By Umida Hashimova
Less than half of Central Asians labor migrants are ready to return to their home countries a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Economic Incentives Draw Central Asians Into Russia’s War Effort
March 28, 2022

Economic Incentives Draw Central Asians Into Russia’s War Effort

By Umida Hashimova
Many of the Central Asians joining the Russian military are blindly responding to economic incentives, which are arguably based on half-truths. 
Backlash Against Tajik and Uzbek Signage in the Moscow Metro
December 13, 2021

Backlash Against Tajik and Uzbek Signage in the Moscow Metro

By Umida Hashimova
Anti-immigrant moods are on the rise among Russia officials again, with Tajik and Uzbek signage drawing criticism despite evidence they were helpful additions. 

Russia’s Dependence on Cheap Central Asian Labor Exposed
October 18, 2021

Russia’s Dependence on Cheap Central Asian Labor Exposed

By Umida Hashimova
Administrative punishments against Central Asian labor migrants and COVID-19 restrictions reveal the vulnerabilities of Russia’s labor market.

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020
January 06, 2021

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
2020 was not the first time Tajikistan experienced the sharp costs of being a remittance-dependent country, but the lesson is important to heed.

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement
March 24, 2020

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement

By Catherine Putz
With COVID-19 causing border closures, Central Asia's migrant workers are stuck and out of luck.

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania
February 01, 2020

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania

By Colleen Wood
A Tajik-Russian singer’s new video explores the double-bind of migration and assimilation.
Central Asia’s Russian Migration Puzzle
October 11, 2019

Central Asia’s Russian Migration Puzzle

By Khamza Sharifzoda
An interview with Caress Schenk.

To Russia or Turkey? A Central Asian Migrant Worker’s Big Choice
January 02, 2019

To Russia or Turkey? A Central Asian Migrant Worker’s Big Choice

By Khamza Sharifzoda
As the appeal of the Russian labor market has decreased, Turkey has become a more attractive option.

For Central Asian Migrant Workers, a Sense of Home is Only an App Away
November 14, 2018

For Central Asian Migrant Workers, a Sense of Home is Only an App Away

By Colleen Wood
A vibrant digital ecosystem has developed to support Central Asian migrant workers navigating the challenges of living far from home.

The Feminized Farm: Labor Migration and Women's Roles in Tajikistan's Rural Communities
January 04, 2018

The Feminized Farm: Labor Migration and Women's Roles in Tajikistan's Rural Communities

By Catherine Putz
As Tajik men go abroad in search of higher pay, women take on increased roles in Tajikistan's agriculture sector.
Challenging the Central Asian Migrant Myth: Separation and Radicalization
April 06, 2017

Challenging the Central Asian Migrant Myth: Separation and Radicalization

By Catherine Putz
Sergey Abashin, a noted migration scholar, challenged the usual Muslim migrant worker story at a recent talk.

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