Why Russia Still Attracts Immigrants

Abundant menial jobs and cheap money transfer networks are a draw.

This fence won't keep them out.

Photographer: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia isn't often thought of as a country of immigration. Yet the country's enormous territory and shrinking indigenous population invite a striking number of immigrants: Last year, despite the collapse of  oil prices and the Ukraine crisis, Russia was the biggest originator of migrant workers' remittances in Europe.

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