Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center

7.3.3 International Migration

Sergey Ryazantsev
Project Leader

Context of Research Project within a Subject of Human Capital

International migration is a large-scale phenomenon involving more than 200 million people. The research project International Migration is aimed at developing this topic in the context of international cooperation, therefore it is focused on developing the theory of the world migration system and the factors of extruding and attracting migrants along the routs most widely discussed on the agenda of international organizations. Within the framework of the scientific project, it is planned to consider the latest trends in international migration from the point of view of the socio-demographic structure of migration flows (labor migrants, highly qualified specialists, educational migrants, refugees, youth, women) in the context of increasing competition for human capital in the global dimension and propose ways of international coordination on topical issues of regulating global migration in the interests of sending and receiving countries

Project Aim

Identify patterns and trends of international migration in the Russian Federation in the context of global and regional migration trends. Identify the dynamics and evolution of Russia's migration policy in 1990-2020, as well as develop recommendations for improving Russia's migration policy

Project Objectives

  1. Develop the theory of the world migration system
  2. Describe the parameters and characteristics of the Eurasian migration subsystem
  3. Describe the migration situation in Russia from the point of view of the theory of the world migration system
  4. Systematize data on international migration at the global and national levels
  5. Analyze Russia's migration policy at the international and regional levels

Key Findings


A unified database on international migration in Russia has been created, integrating various sources of statistical information collected by various ministries and departments (the Main Directorate for Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), the former Federal Migration Service (FMS), the Border Service of the Federal Security Service, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pension Fund, Judicial Department at the Supreme Court, Central Bank; UN, International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Labour Organization (ILO), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Development Programme, World Bank). The database consists of two large modules: immigration to Russia and emigration from Russia. Each module has three blocks: 1) analytical; 2) statistical; and 3) cartographic


The key parameters of the migration situation by regions and countries of the world have been highlighted. The migration situation in the Southeast Asian region has been described on the basis of statistical and sociological data on international migration in the Southeast Asian region


  1. Ryazantsev S., Gadzhimuradova, G. Russian-speaking Immigration to Finland: New Forms, Trends, Consequences (RU) // Baltic Region. 2021. Vol. 13, no. 2, p. 146-164
  2. Ryazantsev S., Khramova M., Gnevasheva V. International Migration in the Period of the COVID-19 Pandemic (RU), NCMU Scientific Digest, Issue No. 2 (7). 2022


  1. XII International Scientific and Practical Forum Migration Bridges in Eurasia: Global and Regional Dimensions: (RU) International Expert Panel Problems and Prospects of Human Capital Development in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic (RU) (MGIMO, December 15, 2020)
  2. XIII International Scientific and Practical Forum Migration Bridges in Eurasia: The New Migration Reality in the Era of COVID-19 (RU) (MGIMO, December 8-9, 2021)