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.
- 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.