Next in Russia? (Article Alexandre Latsa Media Libre, France)

When I made the decision to emigrate to Russia, most are thinking about working abroad Frenchmen my generation considered mainly "classic" country French-speaking Canada, England and Ireland, which at that time was experiencing an economic boom, as well as Australia and, of course, the United States, as all still believe that in America, anything is possible. It's over, the situation in France is far from disastrous, but many of us have a feeling that the improvements in the coming years can be expected. I belong to a generation of French, much of which has organized her life abroad. I'm not talking about pensioners who think first of all about old age in a pleasant sunny, warm and low-cost regions, such as Morocco, and those young professionals who emigration — is a way to solve the economic and professional problems.

However, the financial crisis in 2008 has seriously changed the whole deal: England and Ireland have lost their appeal, and the U.S. plunged into the sea of economic and social problems. Thus, more and more French people began to think about moving into less familiar areas, which at the same time opened up economic opportunities, such as Brazil, China or Russia. This is an important sign of confidence in the future of the country and the largest French companies began one by one to open its representative office in Russia. However, despite the growth of the French presence in the Russian market, it still remains well below other European countries, primarily Germany. The number of employees of foreign companies in Russia speaks for itself: 600 French 6000 German. This strong economic attraction is expressed in terms of immigration and demonstrates the growing influence of Russia, which, incidentally, is the only European country BRIC. Russia is the second country in the world by number of employees of foreign companies in it, giving it only in the United States. According to estimates for 2010, in Russia there were 12 million foreigners in a country of 142 million people. Of course, most of them are migrant workers from Central Asia (the cheap labor), however, believed in the Association of European Businesses in the Russian work (though not on a permanent basis), almost half a million people from the European Union.

Currently, the number of those who come from Western Europe, in the state of a company decreases significantly. Conversely those who appear in Russia in the short term, for an internship or study exchange, it becomes all the more. Some decide to stay to find a job and start a new life. From a professional point of view, the rapid growth and the dynamics of the internal Russian market are the real "gold mine" for foreign companies, and that a strong economic health makes finding opportunities to market much easier than in many Western European countries. However, so far Russia — this is not the country of the dream in which you can easily migrate even young professionals. Difficulties with the Russian language, a harsh climate (if you are aiming for the European part of Russia, where the economic centers such as Moscow and St. Petersburg), and numerous administrative difficulties (visa and other formalities) — all this is, you know, does not facilitate the task. In addition, the absence of the majority of Frenchmen any specific knowledge about the country and the gloomy picture painted by our media, discourage any desire to go there to work, not to mention how to live.

In spite of everything, in Moscow, I met a lot of French who remained in Russia: some quite recently, others have more than 10 years ago. Talking about life in Russia, the severity of the climate and the difficulties with the Russian language, I was surprised at how often heard the phrase, "I do not want to leave." I must say that my first impressions were rather quite pleasant. In Russia there is no endless strikes that have greatly impeded travel and normal life. Shops, bars and restaurants in the cities are open round the clock, which creates a certain feeling of freedom. There are actually a lot of coexisting religions and cultures, but unlike in Western societies ethnic, religious and social tensions are felt very weak and do not poison the lives of many days, as is the case in France. On the streets, subways and stores — everywhere in the city of Moscow felt riddled with energy and exuberant vitality of the people. There is something in the Russian capital exciting, positive and attractive.

I must admit that in a country where you do not feel around (ubiquitous in France) decline — an unusually pleasant sensation. I think this is one of the keys to understanding the power of attraction of Russian for foreigners. In Russia still alive disappeared in many countries, the feeling that "everything is possible". So will the same Russian eldorado for Europeans, what was the United States over the past century? It is very difficult to predict the future, but if 20 years ago, Europeans migrated from east to west, but today we may present at the beginning of the reverse process, from west to east, to the huge spaces of the Urals.

This process, I believe, should significantly accelerate in the next decade, taking into account the positive economic outlook for Eurasia (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the three countries of the Customs Union) and relatively low in Western Europe. According to the IMF, Russia is already ahead of France, Russia, and only slightly behind Germany in terms of purchasing power parity GDP. I like the Eurasian Frenchman, had long been decided for myself: I remain to live in Russia!

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