Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Emergency migration from Russia to no-visa countries in March-April 2022: a qualitative study based on the interviews with remotely working professionals

Fri31  Mar02:45pm(15 mins)
James Watt South Stephenson Room


Daria Kurikhina1
1 Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


This research examines the concept of 'emergency migration' experienced by remote workers migrating from Russia in March-April 2022. The author is putting a new concept of ‘emergency migration’ at the intersection of the concepts of 'forced' and 'voluntary' migration. Also, the author works with the concepts 'migrant' and 'refugees' and adds to them other concepts essential for the identities of migrants and taken from the field.

The main theoretical frame for this study is the 'aspirations and capabilities' theory. The finding is that the condition of the rash departure of remote workers was the intersection of the aspirations to avoid danger and to save comfort lifestyle with the capability to move due to remote work and the context of previous plans to move. However, these conditions separately would not be enough for the move.

An important part of the narratives that emerged in the field is the narrative of 'going (away from Russia) wherever is possible' in the meaning of the main framing of the moving of the migrant.

The research is done on the base of qualitative interviews taken in late April-May 2022.