Russians want to live and work in Germany. Most potential immigrants would leave for this country. The second most popular country among Russians is the United States. In Ukraine the situation is similar. The only difference is that for the Ukrainians the U.S. is number one in the list of preferred countries for permanent residence, Germany is on the second place, while 10% would not mind moving to Russia.
According to the polls conducted by Russian sociologists, 13% of respondents would be willing to leave for Germany, and 10% - for the U.S. The top ten also includes France, United Kingdom (5%), Canada, Italy, Spain (4%), Europe as a whole (2%), Australia and Israel (2%).
To the people of Ukraine polled in a joint study by Research & Branding Group, the U.S. is looking as a more attractive option (22%). Germany (18%) is in the second place. Ukrainians would not mind moving for permanent residency to Canada (15%) and Italy (12%). It is worth mentioning that 10% of respondents in Ukraine would like to move to Russia.
Participants of the Russian opinion polls mentioned Germany and the USA (15%) as the most attractive countries for work. Relocation for work is particularly desirable for non-patriotic-minded citizens (21 and 20%, respectively).
The most popular options for overseas employment also include the United Kingdom (6%), Italy (4%), France (3%), Spain, Canada, and the Scandinavian countries (2%).
As for the Ukrainians, the majority would like to relocate for work to Italy (25%), whereas Germany and the United States are less attractive (19% and 16%, respectively). 11% of respondents would like to work in Russia.
At the same time, Russians would prefer to receive education mainly in English speaking countries, although the majority of respondents, 61%, had difficulty answering this question. Britain was named by 15% of those polled, U.S. - by 11%. Germany was the first choice for 8% of the respondents, France received 4% of votes, and Italy was mentioned by approximately 2% of those polled.
In Ukraine, the survey results were similar. 43% of those polled would like to obtain education in the UK, 32% in the U.S., and 27% in Germany. Incidentally, unlike in the case with the Russian respondents, Ukrainians had no difficulty answering this question, and only 3% of those polled failed to choose a country.
Ukrainians, however, have their own specificity, and 7% of the respondents named Poland as a country suitable for the education. For comparison, in Russia there is less than 1% of those willing to study there.
Immigrant attitudes are on the rise in the Russian society despite the absence of powerful social upheavals comparable to revolutions and the collapse of the USSR. Last year, HeadHunter polled 4,868 Russians and found that 75% of respondents of different professions and age groups were willing to work in another country.
Similar results were obtained in some other studies as well. According to a survey Superjob.ru,73% of Russians would like to live in another country. At the same time 41% were thinking about immigrating, while only 18% seriously consider this possibility.
According to the head of the Accounting Chamber Sergei Stepashin, within the last few years 1.25 million people have left Russia. This is the most economically active, relatively young and most ambitious part of the population.
These people are replaced by a flow of Asians that the Russian government persistently delivers into the country. According to the State Duma Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev, if the increase in migration remains unchanged, by 2050 the non-Russians in Russia will account for a third of its population.
Among the most preferred destinations for brief trips Russians named France and Italy (20%). The most popular routes also include Germany, Turkey (12%), Egypt (11%), Spain (10%), and the USA (9%). Residents of Ukraine are mostly interested in visiting France and Italy (25%), while Egypt is on the third place (21%).