Young people’s life trajectories and social concerns about Russia’s future


2020, Vol. 4. № 1 (11)

Young people’s life trajectories and social concerns about Russia’s future

For citation: Cherkashov E. M., Gulyaeva L. V. 2020. ‘Young people’s life trajectories and social concerns about Russia’s future’. Siberian Socium, vol. 4, no. 1 (11), pp. 69-81. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2020-4-1-69-81

About the authors:

Evgeniy M. Cherkashov, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of World Economics and International Business, University of Tyumen (Tyumen, Russian Federation); ORCID: 0000-0002-8794-2177;

Lyudmila V. Gulyaeva, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Senior Researcher, Sociological Laboratory, University of Tyumen; ORCID: 0000-0002-0463-4743; WoS ResearcherID:


The life plans of young people are an important factor affecting the future socio-economic development of our country. In this regard, a study of the prevalence of migration moods as one of the forms of realization of personal life plans of representatives of the younger generation is particularly relevant, since the results of a number of sociological studies tend to increase this kind of moods at the present time. The purpose of this article lies in studying the main factors that influence the choice of life strategies of the three main groups of young people (high school students, students, and representatives of working youth). The empirical basis of the study was formed by a questionnaire survey of students concerning the identification of the level of concern about the future of Russia and ways to overcome this concern by choosing future life trajectories. The IBM SPSS Statistics 23 program was used to process the received data. The study has found that most representatives of all youth groups are concerned about the future of Russia. However, the respondents who consider themselves competitive are more concerned about the future of the country than those who have a low estimate of their competitive potential. At the same time, with age, there was a decrease in the proportion of young people who are characterized by the manifestation of opposition moods. About a third of the respondents from various youth groups consider moving to another country as an option to overcome their concerns about their future. The predominant motivation of respondents who show emigration moods is to improve their living conditions, while the focus on education and professional self-realization are secondary factors. As a result of the study, it was noted that the desire to move to another country decreases with increasing the age of respondents and a high assessment of personal competitive potential. The results obtained could be useful for researchers who study youth issues, for the representatives of executive and legislative bodies of state power, for the authorities involved in the development of youth policy, as well as for the representatives of interested public associations and organizations.


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