A Russian scholar explored the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on migration on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
The first installment of host Gina Logue’s two-part interview with Dr. Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international relations, first aired Dec. 14 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
You can hear their conversation at the SoundCloud link above.
In addition to analyzing the pandemic’s international impact on the flow of refugees and others among both developed and undeveloped countries, Korobkov found that its effects on immigration as a political issue in the United States have been twofold.
“On the one hand, yes, it has created tensions,” Korobkov said. “It has given a boost to xenophobia, to prejudices.
“On the other hand, it has very clearly shown the importance of migrants for the labor markets, for the economy, for private business, and, therefore, it has emphasized the value of immigrants.”
The second program with Korobkov, which is slated to air Tuesday, Dec. 21, and again Sunday, Dec. 26, will cover Russia’s immigration policies and how they have affected the other former Soviet republics.
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.