Migrant workers from Tajikistan bathe in the Yauza river outside Moscow, July 6 2011.
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Migrant workers from Tajikistan bathe in the Yauza river outside Moscow, July 6 2011. Russia's demographic situation is one of the many factors that contributes to uncertainty in understanding the future of the country. Not only is Russia one of the only developing countries with a decreasing population, also the chaos of the 1990's has produced a hole in the demographic curve meaning there are fewer young adults now than should be expected in a standard population. The result is a small indigenous labour pool and a large influx of migrant workers to fill this gap. These workers are mainly from former Soviet countries in Central Asia ? Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, places with their own economic problems which contribute to migration. The migrants generally do low-skilled and heavy work on building sites, in markets or on the streets. Official statistics put the number at just under a million, but unofficial estimates there are several million, mostly concentrated in and around Moscow. Picture taken July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)