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Russia's eastern land giveaway scheme may be expanded

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Significance

The scheme has had surprising levels of take-up even though the Far Eastern Federal District (FEFD) is among the harshest and least well connected territories. Settlers are offered a free plot and various subsidies to grow food.

Impacts

  • Even the most optimistic scenario will result in the Russian Far East's population stabilising, not rising greatly.
  • The demographic imbalance with north-eastern China means fears of a Chinese influx will persist.
  • Regions with less extreme climates may find it easier to attract and retain settlers.
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