The chapter contains a review of labour migration trends and migration policies in the area of the Commonwealth of independend states.
In Russian society there are mutually excluding approaches to evaluating economical consequences of inward migrations: from extremely liberal focusing on positive consequences of drawing immigrants for future Russia's socio-economical development to prevailing state-guarding ones paying attention to negative consequences of illegal employment, money transfers of immigrants, "brain draining", etc. The article sets forth the peculiarities of discourses on migration and migrational policy in terms of mass media, officials, public politics and academic interests. The conclusion is drawn about weak communication between them, segmentation of discourses mentioned. The only intersection point of these discourses is forcing up alarmist attitudes in society. The comparison is drawn between the discourses on migration policy in Russia and the USA and on the role of tragic events in these countries (reaction to terrorist acts in Beslan and September 11,2001).