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Is it time to hit the road?

Any country aiming at stable development must provide its young generation with the conditions necessary for self-actualization. According to some ideas, which have recently appeared in press and social media, our country is incapable of providing its citizens with decent perspective for professional and creative development, so gifted youngsters should look for the possibility to realize their facilities abroad.

Bashkirova & Partners has conducted a national survey to find out how many of our citizens consider emigration as a perspective strategy for talented youngsters.

More than 2/3 of respondents (70%) think young people should stay in Russia, because our country has enough possibilities for their self-actualization. A considerable part of respondents (22%) thinks the best strategy for the youths is to leave the country. Another 8% can’t give a definite reply.

The majority of those who support the idea of emigration leave in regional centers – cities of 500,000 to 1,000,000 people (there are 26% of such respondents). As a rule, citizens of such cities have various demands, but have no possibilities to satisfy them. Among the citizens living in cities with a million-plus population such mood is less popular (22% - average in the country), because the infrastructure differs not relevantly there from the one of the capital so, it satisfies all economic and cultural demands of the population. The least popular response “To leave the country” is among the population of the rural areas. On the one hand, it can be explained by the peculiarities of the rustic culture; on the other hand – by considerably less possibilities for mobility (access to education, knowledge of foreign languages, etc.).

The most obvious difference in attitude towards emigration is traced when comparing opinions of people who are satisfied and dissatisfied with the situation in the country. There are only 12% of those who are ready to advise young people to leave the country in the first group and 32% in the second group.


The study was conducted in September 2014 based on all-Russia random route sample (18+) by means of face-to-face interviews in place of residence. Altogether 1500 respondents in 8 federal districts, 150 settlements, 200 sample points have been interviewed. The sample error ±2.5%


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