The Politics of Return: Russia's "Resettlement of Compatriots Program" in the Far East
Lauren Woodard,
IERES Visiting Scholar
This talk investigates the tensions between inclusion and exclusion at play in Russia's migration policies against the backdrop of rising nationalism, populism, and anti-migrant sentiments in Europe and the United States. As Russian officials have limited legal forms of labor migration, they have also made it easier for other kinds of immigrants to gain citizenship through the Resettlement of Compatriots Program. Mobilized by state discourses of homeland, ethnic Russians and Russian speakers are "returning" to Russia through this program that promises financial assistance and a Russian passport.

Based on 13 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Moscow and Vladivostok, Lauren takes the resettlement program as an entry point for examining notions of race in debates about migration and citizenship in Russia. By examining Russian migration policies and how they are lived, this dissertation investigates the uneasy relationship between national narratives of diversity and the national security and anti-immigrant rhetoric of this moment.  

Lauren Woodard recently defended her dissertation in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on race, migration, and national identity in Russia and Central Asia.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW
This event is on the record and open to the media.
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW / Suite 412 / Washington, DC 20052
Tel (202) 994-6340 / Fax (202) 994-5436 / Email