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Support of young studying compatriots abroad: expert assessment

E.I. Vasileva , T.E. Zerchaninova, A.S. Nikitina
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UDC 378:32-054


E.I. Vasileva is Cand. Sci. (Sociology), Ass. Prof. e-mail:; T.E. Zerchaninova is Cand. Sci. (Sociology), Ass. Prof., Head. of sub-faculty e-mail:; and A.S. Nikitina is Cand. Sci. (Sociology), Ass. Prof. e-mail:  All at Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)


Presented is the research in a large number of studies, devoted to the study of state policy in relation to compatriots living abroad, at the same time, today there are practically no data on the state and assessment of the state and non-state support. In this regard, the authors have classified the forms of support into two groups - state and non-state, investigate the specific features of these forms of support, and analyze their effectiveness. Empirical analysis carried out in this research study includes qualitative data from expert interviews collected in 2021. In total, 31 interviews were conducted with experts from sixteen countries (Russia, Ukraine, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Panama, Uganda, New Zealand). Representatives of Russian and foreign public authorities, heads of the Coordination Councils of organizations of Russian compatriots abroad, heads of Russian youth public organizations abroad, heads of higher educational institutions, teachers and educators, and public figures acted as experts. In conclusion, the authors summarize the effectiveness of state and non-state support for young students of compatriots abroad, form a set of practical recommendations for improving these forms of support.

Key words: young compatriots, student youth, Russian Diaspora, integration, identity, state and non-state support.



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