• Jakub Stepaniuk

Tackling Migration: can Russia’s Economic Crisis destabilise Central Asia?

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Eurocentric discourses on the recent migration crisis in the EU often make it extraordinary and exceptional. Media and politicians tend to portray the ongoing influx of people as if they were plagues which clustered to haunt and punish poor Europeans for everything what happened in the undetermined past. As far as I can agree with the pure statistics, saying that nowadays there are indeed more migrants and refugees coming than ten years ago (and we, Europeans, did contribute to some extent to make these numbers higher than originally expected), the current migration crisisis definitely neither historically extraordinarynor geographically exceptional. Having a look at hundreds of instances of past armed conflicts, xenophobic policies and imperialistic dreams, will be enough to prove a simple sociological thesis: migration is nothing more than a normal and natural phenomenon occurring in history to resonate any change of social environment. Similar to the European way, migration takes place everywhere, while extraordinaryand exceptionalepithets often adorn the one in Latin America or the one I want to analyse here – Central Asia.

I will try to make it as easy as it can be through dividing the past thirty years of Central A