This article was published in Russian Analytical Digest No. 230: The Russian Far East
Importing immigrant labor from neighboring China is the simplest and most effective way to resolve the
labor shortage in the Russian Far East. Indeed, against the background of the Ukraine crisis and its “Turn
to the East,” Russia has relaxed its restrictions on Chinese immigration. At the same time, however, the
number of Chinese immigrant workers in Russia may actually decrease in forthcoming years, due to the
increase in per capita income in China and the looming labor shortages in China due to its aging population.