Migration and public trust in the commonwealth of independent states

Yoshiharu Kobayashi, Mwita Chacha

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the post-Soviet space has seen regional integration in the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The CIS while moribund has affected migration in the post-Soviet space. Despite its persistence and effect on migration, few studies have sought to explore public perceptions towards the CIS. We address this limitation by developing several arguments, anchored on the literature on public opinion and European integration, to explain how perceptions towards migrants and employment status affect public trust in the CIS. Our analyses make use of the sixth wave of the World Values Survey that includes seven CIS member-states and finds strong support for our hypotheses. Our contribution lies in the investigation of public attitudes in a non-EU setting while applying arguments from EU literature and the wide coverage of our study compared to the extant literature on the CIS and public opinion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-541
Number of pages19
JournalRegional and Federal Studies
Issue number4
Early online date8 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


  • commonwealth of independent states
  • migration
  • Public opinion
  • regional integration
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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