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Demographic Development of Vietnam in the Context of «Asian Vector» Related to Foreign Policy of Russia

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Ryazantsev Serghey Vassilyevich, Pismennaya Yelena Yevghenyevna


After the political events in Ukraine in 2014-2015 and the growth of tension between Russia and the West which followed them it has been the «Asian vector» that became a new trend of Russian foreign policy – a turn of Russia to the East, in the direction of China, Korea, the counties of South-East Asia. «Asian vector» of Russian foreign policy can gradually change geographic priorities of migrational policy pursued by the Russian Federation.

At the present time the main countries which send their laboring migrants are China, Vietnam, Korean People`s Democratic Republic (KPDR), Turkey. The role of China, Vietnam and other counties of Asia in the streams of educated migrants in Russia is not small. Against the background of discreet attitude to Chinese migrants and high degree of «chinaphobia» in Russian regions migration from Vietnam can be considered as the mostly real alternative to Chinese migration to Russia. Vietnam possesses significant demographic potential for becoming a regional leader in South-East Asia in the field of migration to Russia in middle-term perspective. The population of Vietnam is distinguished with young sex aged structure being a good ground for exporting labour resources and educational migrants. Though migrational potential in Vietnam is not small, however, without conceptual change of migrational policy in reference to Vietnam, as the authors deem, Russia will not be able to attract Vietnamese migrants to labour markets and universities, so that to enjoy their availability. Migrational policy of Russia should be open in its attitude towards educated migrants, entrepreneurs, businessmen and investors from Vietnam and other countries of Asia.


migrational potential, migrational policy, labour migration, «Asian vector», East and South-East Asia, Vietnam, China, Russia, political relations, social-economic development


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Publication date

Monday, 25 April 2016