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The Russian migration regime and migrants' experiences: the case of non-Russian nationals from former Soviet republics

Kosygina, Larisa Vladimirovna (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis explores how the Russian migration regime is reflected in migrants' experiences and identities. The conceptual framework developed in the thesis is informed by the theory of structuration. On the basis of this theory and the analysis of primary empirical data, the thesis seeks to refine the understanding of the concepts of 'migration regime', 'social exclusion' and 'territorialisation' of identity. The empirical research conducted for the thesis focuses on the period 2002-2009 and on the experiences and identities of a particular group of migrants, namely, former Soviet citizens from former republics of the USSR, who are currently living in post-Soviet Russia without Russian citizenship. The thesis explores and analyses, on the one hand, the structures which constitute the Russian migration regime and, on the other, the stories told by interviewed migrants about their lives in Russia. The thesis argues that the current migration regime of the Russian Federation represents 'a differentiated system of othering' and shows that this system is informed by two processes - nation-building and racialisation. It also argues that differentiations institutionalised in the Russian migration regime affect the social exclusion of migrants and through this the 'territorialisation' of their identities.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Pilkington, Hilary and Kaneff, Deema
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Government and Society
Subjects:HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:650
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