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Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East

A Historical and Sociodemographic Aanalysis
Olga Alexeeva
p. 20-32


The Far Eastern region of Russia borders on China, and population movements from the People's Republic can be seen as a natural phenomenon. Chinese migration began in the 1860s, when the region was incorporated into Imperial Russia. Interrupted during the Soviet era, migration began again with the collapse of the USSR in 1991. The Russian Far East region makes it possible to study the workings of migration dynamics from their beginnings, and to follow all the stages in the building of the community and of its economic and migration networks. This article seeks to give a historical and sociodemographic overview of Chinese migration in the Far East of Russia, and to analyse the various forms of migration seen in the past and in the present.

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Bibliographical reference

Olga Alexeeva, « Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East », China Perspectives, 2008/3 | 2008, 20-32.

Electronic reference

Olga Alexeeva, « Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East », China Perspectives [Online], 2008/3 | 2008, Online since 01 July 2011, connection on 28 February 2020. URL : ; DOI :

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