The displacement of 25 million ethnic Russians from the newly independent states is a major social and political consequence of the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Pilkington engages with the perspectives of officialdom, of those returning to their ethnic homeland, and of the receiving populations. She examines the policy and the practice of the Russian migration regime before looking at the social and cultural adaptation for refugees and forced migrants. Her work illuminates wider contemporary debates about identity and migration.
'This excellent book is a mine of information on one of the most pressing and topical of sociopolitical problems affecting Russia today, and is to be recommended for its insights into the processes behind the considerable movements of peoples which are still taking place.' - British East-West Journal