«Люди сосланы делами, люди едут за деньгами…»
The article deals with the reasons of why contemporary Russian otkhodniks – domestic temporary labor migrants – do not work in line with their vocational training. Most occupations for which they had been trained are in demand on the Russian labor market. However, in the small towns and villages where otkhodniks are especially numerous, appropriate work is either unavailable or unacceptably low-paid. The main reason for "betraying" the acquired profession appears to be the way in which migrants find work on the side - through acquaintances or by themselves rather than using official channels. The methods of securing work do not allow specialists to "meet" corresponding jobs, thus becoming a certain antipode to the previous postgraduate job placement system.