Non sanno cosa si perdono.....
Russia’s official statistics service, Rosstat, states that 186,382 Russians left the country in 2013 and 122,751 in 2012. These numbers represent a significant increase over the 36,774 that left in 2011 and the 33,578 in 2010. Furthermore, some experts doubt the veracity of Rosstat’s numbers, alleging that the actual numbers could be much higher. The sharp uptick in emigration is likely due to Russia’s growing international political isolation under Vladimir Putin. Although the Russian state continues to reap the benefits of being a rentier state with vast natural resource reserves, its citizens are increasingly starting to feel that their economic futures could be best served outside of Russia.
The emigration problem is particularly severe because it is primarily affecting Russia’s middle-class. It appears that what remains of the middle class after the emigrants have left the country are bureaucrats and others with connections to Russian state-operated enterprises (SOEs). The small sliver of good news is that despite the common meme that Russia faces a shrinking population, its population growth rate actually appears to be picking up based on the latest data. Furthermore, according to estimates, 68 percent of the Russian middle-class are state employees. Putin does have a somewhat robust support base here that he has been nurturing via populist schemes, including pay increases for public sector employees. Additionally, Putin’s assertive stance against the West over the Ukraine crisis has actually boosted his domestic support to new highs within this group. The emigrants thus are primarily from the entrepreneurial and intellectual sections of the Russian middle class.
2015 net emigration to Germany : 318k , 2016 :184k
2015 net Emigration to US : 230k, 2016 :200k
2015 net emigration to China (!!) : 1174k