Ousting of the population from the Crimea is confirmed even by Russian statistics. QHA media took a closer look at figures

07 March 2019, 14:16
Фото: Politeka

Tetyana Ivanevych,
QHA media

Growth of migration continues in the illegally annexed Crimea. It is now a third of the size of 2015. In Sevastopol, which is considered separately, the situation is similar, however, here the migration growth according to the data for 2018, makes half of the level of three years ago.

The Russian Federal State Statistics Service Rosstat explained that this is not due to the fact that less people come to Crimea than in previous years (this figure is just as stable), but due to a noticeable increase in the number of those leaving the peninsula.

Thus, Russian statistics confirms the tendency of ousting Crimeans and their replacement by residents of Russian regions. However, it should also be noted that the number of those leaving the Crimea includes Russians who came on the peninsula after the annexation.

Migration gain



+4 781
(44.8 thousand – entered; 40 thousand – left);


+8 276
(43.4 thousand – entered; 35.1 thousand – left);


+11 091

(42 thousand – entered; 30.9 thousand – left);


+16 297

(42.8 thousand – entered; 26.5 thousand – left).

Last year, the number of people who left the Crimea exceeded 40 thousand for the first time, closely approaching the number of those who entered the occupied peninsula. Dynamics is preserved when every year the number of those who have left increases by about 5,000 (or 12%). For example, back in 2017, the number of people who left was slightly more than 35 thousand, in 2016 it was slightly more than 30 thousand, in 2015 – 26.5 thousand (data for 2014 are not provided by Russian statistics).

At the same time, the number of people arriving on the peninsula from Russia and other countries is not growing at such a rate – on average, another thousand per year.

As for Sevastopol, the situation of 2015 was quite indicative – when the largest migration increase in 17.8 thousand people was recorded over five-year period. Then a massive arrival was observed in the city primarily from Russia – 24.8 thousand people, and the number of people who left was only 6.9 thousand. By 2018, the number of entrants decreased slightly – to 21.1 thousand, despite the fact that the number of those who left almost doubled and reached the number of 13.3 thousand, thus, the migration increase fell to 7.7 thousand people.

Migration gain




(21.1 thousand – entered; 13.3 thousand – left);



(20.2 thousand – entered; 11.4 thousand – left);


+13 020

(22.6 thousand – entered; 13 thousand – left);


+17 883  

 (24.8 thousand – entered; 6.9 thousand – left).

According to different versions, such migration can be largely due to the status of Sevastopol as a military base and Russia’s desire to flood the city with loyal and controlled population to the maximum. Simply put, the military, who used to serve in Ukraine, can be rotated in the Russian regions (being transferred along with their families), and Russian citizens are brought to replace them. A similar situation is observed with city officials, who are also being massively replaced by Russians: Not a single native Crimean occupies VIP post in the Sevastopol government.

According to Russian statistics, in the last four years, 173 thousand people arrived into the Crimea, and 133 thousand left. The figures for Sevastopol are 89 thousand and 45 thousand, respectively.

Earlier it was reported that the population of Sevastopol amounted to 442.4 thousand inhabitants as of January 1, 2019. The city also entered the top five in terms of population growth among the subjects of the Russian Federation. The positive dynamics was provided by immigrants from other regions of Russia.