Child-Rearing Practices of Russian-Speaking Women from a Migration Perspective

22 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2016

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Raisa Akifyeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: December 14, 2016


This working paper is based on the results of a study of the child-rearing practices of Russian-speaking women in the context of a migration perspective focusing on their migration experience, language, and other features that are perceived as cultural and an integration context as determining many important aspects of child-rearing. The analysis shows that a mother’s choice of structured activities for the child can be caused by structural factors, such as the national peculiarities of the system of school and pre-school education, family policy, the specifics and set of programs offered at schools and available in the area. Regardless of the social segment, in which migrants are incorporated, children begin to prefer speaking Spanish than Russian if there is not any special effort from the adults. This leads to the fact that the study of the Russian language in some families affects all spheres of life, and many aspects of child-rearing. Many women develop and share ideas about the differences in the parenting approach and style of women from the post-Soviet space and from Spain. Women perceive the stylistic features of the behavior of Russian women as highly demanding and share the view of the low demands of Spanish parents, yet differ in how they perceive their level of responsiveness to them.

Keywords: child-rearing practices, Russian-speaking migrants, structured activities, parenting practices, Spain

JEL Classification: F22

Suggested Citation

Akifyeva, Raisa, Child-Rearing Practices of Russian-Speaking Women from a Migration Perspective (December 14, 2016). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 140/HUM/2016, Available at SSRN: or

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