Unwanted “Russians” head “Home”
A recent piece from Transitions Online highlights how hundreds of thousands of citizens of Kyrgyzstan who are ethnic “Russians” have fled to Russia since the collapse of the USSR. It documents the complaints of locals about being ignored and neglected by the government of Russia and hated by the native people of Kyrgyzstan. It documents a demographic nightmare.
But for this flow of unwanted Russians from abroad, the Russian population would already be in freefall since fare more Russians perish each year than are born due to the endless litany of horrific dangers, from murder to smoking, that plague Russia life expectancy, which does not rank in the top 130 nations of the world.
So the Russian government, of course, doesn’t want anyone to be comfortable abroad. It wants them to suffer as much as possible, the better to motivate them to return and help cover up the government’s utter failure to manage the national welfare. For their part, the arrogant, insular ethnic “Russians” are totally unable to assimilate themselves into a foreign culture, and from Estonia to Kazakhstan they are reviled.
Russia, then, is a perverse opposite of the United States. Instead of attracted foreign people who see Russia as a better place, a place to make a new home, the only immigrants who seek out Russia are already Russians, rejected elsewhere and coming “home.”
Yet it’s not their home, and they bitterly resent their mistreatment and neglect while abroad by the Russian state. What kind of nation, then, will be built by such refugees?
It’s not a nation with a very bright future, to say the least.
And what happens when this flow of “immigrants” — just like the flow of oil — one day inevitably dries up? Then the Russian population will enter freefall, and the nation will once again collapse.