The Image of a Russian Emigrant in Germany on the Example of Bloggers in the Telegram Social Network — Report by Daria Ryazantseva
On December 6, 2021, Daria Ryazantseva, a research assistant of the Laboratory, made a presentation as part of the Laboratory seminar 'Dialogue between Russia and Europe: the View of Young Researchers'.
Today, Germany is one of the most popular countries for migration for Russians, as it is considered the guarantor of social security and economic stability, which is demonstrated by numerous surveys of the population. And for many modern young people, social networks, as the most important channel of communication, have now become the main source of information about the country and the conditions of life in it. Using the example of several major bloggers who publish their stories about life in Germany and advice on moving and settling in it, an attempt was made to study the image of a modern emigrant, including, among other things, such aspects as the level of influence on the audience and the objectivity of demonstrating the current situation in the country. Using the in-depth interview method, the author of the study talked to the owners of the most famous channels on the Telegram social network, asking them a series of questions about their personal experience of adapting to a new culture and communicating with readers. As a result, a number of similar aspects were identified, which makes it possible to draw an approximate portrait of a Russian-speaking emigrant in Germany and understand what problems he is concerned about and what difficulties a visitor may face specifically in this country. The study can become the basis for further work related to blogging among Russian emigrants in other countries, as well as for a comparative analysis of the activities of bloggers-immigrants from Russia and other countries.
Watch the video on YouTube.