Contexts of Exit in the Migration of Russian Speakers from the Baltic Countries to Ireland

Aptekar, Sofya. 2009. “Contexts of Exit in the Migration of Russian Speakers from the Baltic Countries to Ireland.” Ethnicities 9(4):507-526.

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Sofya Aptekar

University of Massachusetts Boston

Date Written: November 1, 2009

Abstract

Recently, Ireland has become a major destination for migrants from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Many of these migrants are members of Russian speaking minorities leaving a context of restrictive citizenship and language laws and varying degrees of ethnic tension. This article draws on interviews collected in Ireland to examine the role played by the contexts of exit in decisions to migrate among Russian-speaking minorities from the Baltics. The results suggest that Russian speakers from Estonia migrate because of their experiences as minorities, while those from Latvia and Lithuania migrate to escape low wages and irregular employment. This is so despite equally restrictive language and citizenship laws in Estonia and Latvia. I argue that the effect of state policy as a push factor for minority emigration is mediated by other contextual aspects, such as levels of contact, timbre of ethnic relations, and the degree of intersection between economic stratification and ethnicity.

Keywords: Estonia, international migration, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, minorities

Suggested Citation

Aptekar, Sofya, Contexts of Exit in the Migration of Russian Speakers from the Baltic Countries to Ireland (November 1, 2009). Aptekar, Sofya. 2009. “Contexts of Exit in the Migration of Russian Speakers from the Baltic Countries to Ireland.” Ethnicities 9(4):507-526.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2646387

Sofya Aptekar (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Boston ( email )

Boston, MA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/faculty/sofya_aptekar

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