Cities from Where People Migrate to Moscow the Most

Modern infrastructure and an extensive labor market of Moscow attract people from other regions of Russia. And not only Russian regions - even foreigners are included in this share.
Localities near Moscow remain the region from which migrants come the most, however other regions have a stable flow of migrants to Moscow too.

Southern Russian Regions top the list: for example, an average of 7 thousand people a year arrived in 2015-2021 from Krasnodar, 5.4 thousand came from the Rostov region, 4.8 thousand - from the Volgograd. Central Federal District is also one of the main sources of new residents: up to 5 thousand people migrate from Tula, Vladimir, Tver and St. Petersburg annually. Approximately the same numbers come from Dagestan. More than three thousand residents of Bashkiria and Tatarstan move to Moscow every year.

According to data for the 2015-2021 period, citizens of more than 190 countries come to Moscow, 80% of them are from the CIS countries. During the same period Ukraine remained the leader among foreign countries, from which people moved to Moscow - about 8 thousand people per year. Moldova, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan follow Ukraine in this list. From far abroad, the largest flow in recent years has been seen from the United States (an average of 270 people per year), Turkey (260 people) and Germany (220 people).

For many people Moscow is not only a good place to live or or to earn money. Many foreigners move to the capital of Russia to gain knowledge. In 2021, 56.8 thousand foreign students were studying at Moscow universities. Most of them enter the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, the Moscow Financial and Industrial University "Synergy", Moscow State University, the Higher School of Economics. Moscow education is the most popular among students from Uzbekistan - 12.4 thousand, Kazakhstan - 8.9 thousand and China - 8.3 thousand people. Many students are also from Belarus, Iran and Tajikistan.

Moscow unites more than 170 nationalities, most of the citizens living in the capital of Russia are Russians (86%). Ukrainians account for 1.4%, Tatars - 1.3%, Armenians - 0.9%, Azerbaijanis - 0.5%, Belarusians, Georgians and Uzbeks - 0.3% each of the total population of Moscow.