In this article I will explore the correlation between the discourse
of youths’ out-migration and their attitudes toward the infrastructure
of Tilichiki, a small town in Kamchatka. I attempt to contest
the perspective that out-migration (resulting in town depopulation)
is caused by the perception of social infrastructure as insufficient.
The analysis of local discourse shows that negative or positive descriptions
of infrastructure, social services and life conditions in the
town in general depend on whether the person has plans of leaving
the town. This correlation is supported by temporal dimension of
one’s life project: the duration of speakers’ residence in the town or
the amount of time that they are planning to spend there.