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Regional Economics: Theory and Practice

An analysis of migration processes in the Murmansk Oblast: Problems and strategic prospects of single-industry towns

Vol. 22, Iss. 3, MARCH 2024

Received: 7 August 2023

Received in revised form: 5 October 2023

Accepted: 23 December 2023

Available online: 15 March 2024


JEL Classification: R10

Pages: 568–600


Vladimir V. DYADIK Luzin Institute for Economic Studies, Kola Science Centre of RAS (IES KSC RAS), Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, Russian Federation


Aleksei V. IGUMNOV Luzin Institute for Economic Studies, Kola Science Centre of RAS (IES KSC RAS), Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, Russian Federation


Alina R. KAN'KOVSKAYA Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

ORCID id: not available

Anna B. TESLYA Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), St. Petersburg, Russian Federation


Subject. This article examines the single-industry town as a factor determining the economic situation in the Far North of Russia.
Objectives. The article aims to analyze migration processes in the Far North and assess the impact of migration processes on population changes.
Methods. For the study, we used the methods of comparative and systems analyses.
Results. The analysis of the changes in demographic indicators of the Murmansk Oblast shows a high level of resistance of the region to changes in the external environment. The trends in birth and death rates in the Murmansk Oblast generally corresponds to the trends in these indicators in the country as a whole.
Conclusions. Initiatives to unlock the economic potential of the Murmansk Oblast should be linked to federal development strategies and programmes.

Keywords: monotown, labor resources, migration, population structure


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