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Young Russians Eager To Emigrate, But Not Always For Good

Young Russians Eager To Emigrate, But Not Always For Good
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Eager To Emigrate? Russian Students Say Not So Much

Amidst increasing restraints on civil rights and economic prospects, an opinion poll by the independent Levada Center found that Russia's young people appear increasingly willing to emigrate. Fifty-three percent of surveyed Russians between the ages of 18 and 24 stated that they would like to move abroad – a sharp increase from 31 percent in 2017.

But Current Time’s own informal street poll of young people in Moscow found some nuances: Those who want to leave often want to return and use their experience and know-how “to improve” Russia.

The Levada poll, which surveyed 1,600 adults in 137 locations across Russia this September, appears part of a demographic trend. Earlier this year, in April, a Gallup poll showed that the overall number of Russians who would like to emigrate had reached an all-time high of 20 percent. As in the Levada poll, the youngest respondents, those aged between 15 and 29, were the most inclined to leave.

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