Over the past few decades, the Slavic world has faced a new cultural challenge, which is the mass migration of its people.
The number of immigrants from FS republics living in the U.S. has increased by almost 200% since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
From the mid-1980s until 2008, more than 1 million legal immigrants were admitted to the United States from countries of the former Soviet Union, including the three Baltic republics. The three Slavic countries of the FSU contributed to the majority of these immigrants. Of the three, Ukraine has provided the most, calculated both in raw numbers and as a percentage of the country’s total population. Among the five Central Asian republics, Uzbekistan, the most populous of the group, has sent the most immigrants, followed by Kazakhstan. A significant portion of immigrants from the Central Asian republics appear to have been ethnic Russians. Likewise, immigrant streams from Ukraine and Belarus appear to have included numerous Russians. Immigrants from nearly all the states of the former Soviet Union outside Russia itself speak Russian, and those who speak Russian as their primary language are in the great majority in several of the countries, most notably Belarus.
This change could not escape the church. At times, entire communities left their homes and moved abroad together, forming the same model of the church on the new land. At times, communities of this type among the common people were even called Vinnitskis, Rivnes, Moscovites, etc. People carried with them their best traditions, culture, history.
Once on new land, however, surrounded by a different culture, with each decade the need for integration into the new environment grew more and more. Everyone understood that this is an irreversible process.
But how can this complex procedure be simplified? How to avoid mistakes? What result would satisfy everyone, and so on?
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