Russian Exodus From Kazakhstan Continues

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    Oct 25, 2015
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    Russian Exodus Continues Unabated
    By: Aigerim Touleukhanova


    Fresh data from Kazakhstan’s National Economy Ministry has shown that the trend for ethnic Russians to leave the country is clearly on the rise.

    In 2014, more than 28,000 people in total left the country. Another 30,000 left last year — of out those 25,000 were going to Russia. The number of people emigrating easily outnumbers those seeking Kazakhstani citizenship, according to recent figures cited in a report by

    The runner-up destinations for those leaving the country in 2015 were Germany (2,000 people), Belarus (605), Uzbekistan (364) and the United States (265).

    Analysts see a raft of reasons for this exodus, ranging from the country’s economic prospects, the uncertain outcome of future political transition and a purported uptick in Russophobic sentiments.

    Political analyst Maksim Kramarenko suggested to that migration of ethnic Russians reflects a process of communities “choosing their identity” — going to live in a country where they feel they belong.

    A recently adopted initiative by the Education Ministry to introduce trilingualism into schools (Kazakh, Russian and English) has caused much upset among parents.

    “Teaching in three languages can negatively affect the educational process,” Kramarenko said. “This is initiative is forcing many Russians to think about the future of their children and about how to preserve their ethnic and cultural essence, how to get a quality education in their native Russian language.”

    Many of those leaving the country are well-educated and highly skilled and fear for their potential to succeed in Kazakhstan.

    The most potentially noxious root cause for people to leave, however, is a perceived sense of latent tension among Kazakhstan’s numerous ethnic groups. President Nursultan Nazarbayev has made the cultivation of harmonious relations among the country’s ethnic communities a core tenet of his 25 years ruling over an independent Kazakhstan, but there are concerns the impact of this message may be failing to sink beneath the surface.

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