The Case for Opening Our Doors to Russians Fleeing Putin

It doesn’t refer to me. attackingRussians. That is what I am referring to Accueil them here, particularly if they have significant economic and national security value to Russia….

It is important to start with the urgent humanitarian cases. These include journalists and dissidents who risk their lives to oppose Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked military war. We should actively seek out those less politically inclined: creative, technical and high-skilled employees. Russia’s economic (and military) fortunes depend…

Already, Russian talent are rushing to the exits in what may be the seventh wave of Russian emigration.

A Russian trade group in technology estimates that between 50,000-70,000 IT specialists have fled Russia recently. They also predict another 100,000 leaving by April. Entrepreneurs, artists and researchers are also part of the inbound stampede. It is called the pace of this brain drain is especially impressive given how difficult sanctions have made it to buy plane tickets or otherwise conduct transactions across borders, as well as how expensive travel has become….

Russian self-exiles are flooded into neighboring countries, such as Turkey and Armenia. However, we can ease their path to the United States. The House already has a blueprint. In February, it passed the America Competes Act. This would allow for more entrepreneurs to come from all over the globe and increase the number of PhD scientists. Alternatively, Congress could tailor a measure toward Russian STEM talent, or the Biden administration could make Russians more broadly eligible for refugee status….

It is in both our best interests and the right thing for us to increase immigration. Emigres, as well as refugees have a history of contributing to national security and innovation by leading the charge for U.S. technology. They include Soviet defectors from the Cold War as well as a large exodus, including mathematicians or scientists, after the collapse and fall of the Soviet Union. A similar influx would be beneficial for us today.

However, the possibility of this is a daunting task. WhileThe policy should be even more appealing because Russia is about to lose its talent pool.

Rampell continues to argue that it is also important to allow Russian students to remain in America. We should at the most reject any cruel or counterproductive attempts to expeal them made by Democratic politicians.

This approach is not the only one that she supports to defeat Putin’s regime. Steve Chapman from the Chicago TribuneRobert Zubrin, conservative scientist and writer in the National ReviewSimilar arguments were made by Scott Gilmore, a Canadian political commentator. In a March 8th speech, I did the same. New York TimesIn the article I also advocated for more Ukrainians.  In a similar vein, others and I have advocated the idea that Russian soldiers surrendering in Ukraine should be given refuge (a suggestion first made by Timur Kuran, Duke University economist).

There is strong moral justification for Russians fleeing Putin. It also has strategic merit. Putin’s government has grown increasingly oppressive, even to the point that a 15-year sentence was imposed for the offense of simply referring the Ukraine war to “war” or “invasion” and not to “special military operations.” Russians and Ukrainians are not to be made to suffer under Putin’s regime. Because of their birth circumstances, it is unfair to force people into living under oppression.

Rampell and other thinkers’ work will hopefully inspire more people to support these ideas. Maybe even enough to make policymakers take notice.