It’s better at home, say young Russians – Soviet Sakhalin

The project for the protection of the rights of fellow Russians conducted a survey*whose purpose is to identify the potential threat of personnel leakage and to assess the perception of career development in Russia among students.

Its results show that almost 75% of students do not plan to leave Russia. Among them, 30.5% consider themselves patriots, 30.8% want to develop in Russia, 12% have formulated a specific path for their growth in their homeland, 11.8% are afraid of global changes, 10.7% suggest their own answer – keeping their jobs, family, love for country, culture and society. 4.2% called the information boom surrounding the issue of relocation temporary noise.

Among those who have declared their willingness to leave the country, only 8.3% have an action plan and 29% have chosen a country to move to.

“At the same time, the majority of respondents associate their future with Russia,” says Anna Lapenko, head of the “Russians” project. – More than 60% plan to work in their specialty after completing their university studies, 2% will analyze the market in parallel, 18% want to receive additional education, about 10% expect to open their own business. 3.2% – prefer their answer, among the options – “I already work”, “I haven’t decided yet”, “I will go to serve in the FSB”, “I will become a civil servant”, 1.6% – definitely do not want to work in the specialty, 1.4% have no vision for development, but are not ready to move”.
Less than 3% of the respondents state that they have no perspective and desire to realize themselves exclusively abroad.

Anna Lapenko notes that among the respondents who declared an unequivocal desire to leave the country (26.3%), the majority were aged 17–24 (96%), with the trend decreasing with age.

*3,500 students and doctoral students from leading universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, Omsk, Orenburg, Vladivostok, Chelyabinsk, Grozny, Saratov, Sochi, Kaliningrad, etc. Held online in August-September 2022.

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