Providing an overview of the historical and present migration processes in Kyrgyzstan, with a special focus on three village communities, the authors look into the opportunities and difficulties created by Kyrgyzstan’s reliance on remittances sent my migrants in Russia. If the latter phenomenon lies at the origin of the construction of new houses and of the appearance of consumer goods in rural Kyrgyzstan, investments in productive goods and the funding of enterprises remain rare. The authors also suggest that present-day migration to Russia is dangerous and risky, in the absence of official registration for numbers of migrants ― to say nothing of the intrinsically negative impact of the brain drain on the prospects for socio-economic development in the long term.

The Redaction
CER: II-6.4.D-525