Other countries’ ability to cope with immigration issues was the focus of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
The conclusion of host Gina Logue’s two-part interview with Dr. Andrei Korobkov, an MTSU professor of political science and international relations, first aired Dec. 21 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
You can listen to part two of their conversation via the SoundCloud link above.
In it, Korobkov assesses the imposition in 2020 of limits on migrants flowing throughout the post-Soviet states, especially Russia.
“The number of migrants has declined,” Korobkov said. “The amount of remittances by migrants from Russia has also been cut, and, in some cases, it has created labor shortages. So Russia, whether it wants it or not, will have to increase the number of labor migrants in its territory in the foreseeable future.”
Korobkov said most of the migrants entering Russia are Muslims from Central Asia, which has created some friction with help from politicians trying to exploit the issue.
However, Korobkov said, it is absolutely clear that migrant workers are needed to prop up the Russian economy.
With Dmitry Poletaev of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Korobkov is co-author of “International Migration in Pandemic Times: Disrupted Links, Remittances and Migrantophobia.”
The report, published in August 2021 by the Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow-based think tank, is available at www.valdaiclub.com.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.