Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not have enough immigrants to implement “ambitious plans” in various economic fields such as construction and agriculture.
When asked whether the Kremlin was recording, the presidential representative answered the reporter in this way Increasingly negative towards immigration Russia, and whether it threatens national security in some way. Peskov said: “To be honest, I am not familiar with any sociological research on Russian attitudes towards immigration, so I can’t comment on it, and I won’t.”
“I can only say the fact that in fact, there have been very few immigrants in the past year, and we really do not have enough immigrants to carry out the ambitious construction plan. We have to do more construction than we do now, but for these Workers are necessary. The same workers are needed in agriculture. Therefore, there must be a shortage of immigrants,” the agency quoted Vladimir Putin’s press secretary. RIA Novosti.
Recall that Russia has experienced a shortage of workers from Central Asian countries due to border closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. However, in the near future, as many as one million migrants may return to the Russian Federation after air traffic resumes.
In an interview with satellite radio, Andrei Gelerman, the chief expert of the immigration aid organization, expressed his views on this prediction.
As mentioned before “Russian newspaper”Russia has resumed flights with Central Asian countries from April 1, which will help return labor resources that have left due to COVID-19. According to the prediction of Vadim Kozhenov, president of the Russian Immigration Union, as many as 1 million people may return to the country.
On air Satellite broadcasting Andrei Gelerman, the chief expert on immigration assistance, pointed out that by 2020, such a large number of labor immigration is normal for Russia. “This is the standard number of foreign citizens in Central Asia who are in Russia during a non-pandemic period. They have all been here, so Russia will accept them. The only question is whether they have sufficient resources, Including finances, we have to fly here,” he said.
However, the high price of air tickets and the limited number of flights to Moscow may hinder the return of labor immigrants. In addition, after the pandemic, the Russian labor market has become less attractive to foreigners. “Now there is not much work and wages have fallen. Most immigrants work illegally, which means that wages are even lower than the official wages. Those with families will come. Now they can return to their country. But this will not greatly affect our country The total number of immigrants.”-Gellerman said.
At the same time, the sociological opinion poll by the end of 2020 shows that Russian residents’ negative attitudes towards immigrants have increased, which has greatly deteriorated ethnic relations.
Last week, Russian Vice President Magomesalaam Magomedov said of sociological research: “By 2020, almost a quarter of all interviewees will be negative about immigration. Attitude. It will only get worse-the number of people treating immigrants badly has increased by 7.5%. This situation has had a major impact on the state of inter-ethnic relations.”
Magomedov said that at the annual seminar held in Novosibirsk on the “practices and tasks of the implementing authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in implementing the “National Policy Strategy for 2025”, the situation in Siberia was similar to the situation in Russia. -22.3% of residents hold a negative attitude towards immigration.
The Kremlin spokesperson pointed out that the formation of ethnic settlements, mainly composed of labor immigrants and their family members, not only helps to criminalize society, but also lays the foundation for the manifestations of nationalism, xenophobia and provocative conflict. Fertile soil. Local indigenous population.
In this regard, the Deputy Governor of the Russian Presidential Palace drew attention to the importance of the work of law enforcement agencies and “the importance of further establishing systematic measures to adapt and integrate immigrants into Russian society.”
He cited data from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the data, by 2020, Russia has recorded the residence of nearly 800,000 minors, while there are only 140,000 children in the Russian school system. “It’s not clear where the other people are… this will cause tension. Look at this problem. Our education system is not designed for the influx of foreign children like this. They understand the language better, and they are in several other cultures. Growing up in tradition. Therefore, it is very important to cooperate with them, most of whom are future citizens of our country. We see what is happening in Europe and the United States, where the immigration pressure of these countries has caused big problems for the indigenous people.