|Type||Working Paper - CARIM EAST|
|Title||National Minorities and Migration in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine|
The dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in massive depopulation in the former Soviet republics
and unprecedented migration flows, including persons belonging to national minorities. Citizens of a
once indivisible country were suddenly divided into “those of our kind” and “outsiders” – natives and
national minorities/ immigrants. The latter were often not guaranteed citizenship and they were
frequently denied basic rights. A significant percentage of national minorities have thus become forced
migrants and refugees, leaving neighbouring states under threat of violence or because of
The primary interest of this paper rests upon the interconnection of minority and migration issues.
It brings together two topics which have usually been discussed apart. The paper aims to investigate
the interrelation of the minority regimes adopted by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova,
Russia and Ukraine, and migration. It seeks to open up the discussion on the extent to which certain
policies and rights for national minorities can be meaningfully extended to new migrant minority
groups. It also asks what lessons are to be learnt from the treatment of national minorities as far as
future migration legislation is concerned.
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