Demographics of Russia: Official statistics on 1 January 2017According to preliminary estimates, Russia’s population was 146.8 million on 1 January 2017. The number of inhabitants for the period from January to December 2016 increased by 267,000 (0.18%). However, 98% of the growth occurred due to the migration inflow to Russia.

Demographics of Russia

Russian statistics agency, Goskomstat, published a report with updates on the country’s demographic situation. As seen from the document, migration to the state constituted the major part of its population increase. Migrants from other post-USSR republics (Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, etc.) are the ones that prefer life in Russia to their homeland. The main reason is that Russian wages are higher.

In 2016, Russia experienced a decrease in the number of births (in 76 regions) and deaths (in 75 regions). But on the whole, the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 0.3% (1.7% in 2015). At the same time, 46 regions experienced a significant excess of deaths over births (almost 2 times in 11 subjects).

Demographics of Russia

Russia’s population grew in 2016 mostly due to inflow of migrants.

2016 results for Russia

The natural increase in population was recorded in 39 subjects of the Russian Federation (against 44 subjects in 2015).

Demographics of Russia

In general, the share of births still exceeds the share of deaths but the gap has become narrower as compared to 2015.

Figures show that in 2016 the infant mortality rate dropped to 6.0 deaths per 1000 live births in Russia, compared to 6.5 deaths per 1000 in 2015. It is equal to 7.7% improvement.

Demographics of Russia

Another good news is that the infant mortality rate is decreasing year after year.

Demographics of Russia

In addition, the report provides what diseases have led to the major part of deaths.

In 2016, the country saw 16,000 increase in net migration (6.5%) due to the decrease in the share of people moving out of Russia. The number of emigrants (those who left the country) dropped by more than 39,000 (11.2%). The number of people entering the country also decreased by more than 23,000 people.

Demographics of Russia

Migration balance is rather positive in the country.

The highest net migration is from Tajikistan (2.4 times increase as compared to the same period of the last year), Kirghizia (1.1 times), and Kazakhstan (6.8%).

Demographics of Russia

The highest percentage of immigrants came to the state from the CIS countries.

Last year, Russia granted a temporary shelter to 22,000 people (149,000 in 2015). 17 immigrants received the status of internally displaced persons (80 in 2015) and 39 people were recognized as refugees (112 in 2015).

Demographics of Russia

At the moment, the major share of the refugees lives in Moscow.



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I believe that Russia is right to help refugees and immigrants. But I also think that the project “maternal capital” also needs to live even longer than until 2018. It really helps to raise the birth rate in the country, because many people, especially young couples who need housing and living in a rented apartment is not very promising to have a second child, not having their own housing. Maternity capital offers such an opportunity as buying a home. I think a lot of people agree with my opinion.


they are helping russian orthodox peoples from other nations that are moving back not migrants ths are going to western europe lol