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Human Trafficking from Russia: Political Responses and Public Opinion

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The objects of this case study on the Russian Federation are fivefold: first, to locate contemporary patterns of migration within, from, and to the former Soviet space, focusing ultimately on human trafficking as one form of migration; second, to underscore how research agendas on migratory processes in different parts of the world may be framed by very different concerns, questions, and perceptions, and may not accept the defining narratives of other regions; third, to indicate the complexities of defining ‘human trafficking’ and the significance of different approaches to it; fourth, to show how the Russian political system responded to pressures made on the state for action specifically against human trafficking; and finally, against this background, to discuss original data from a nationwide public opinion poll in Russia concerning attitudes towards the process of trafficking and conclusions about the contemporary state’s institutional capacity to deal with it. ...

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2008

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  • The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford. Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
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