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Medvedev opposes ethnic enclaves in Russian cities

Published time: October 07, 2013 08:59
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, chairperson of the United Russia Party, addresses the party's 14th convention in Gostiny Dvor, Moscow, 5 October 2013 (RIA Novosti/Alexander Astafyev)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, chairperson of the United Russia Party, addresses the party's 14th convention in Gostiny Dvor, Moscow, 5 October 2013 (RIA Novosti/Alexander Astafyev)

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has told the congress of the United Russia party that state officials must oppose ethnic enclaves in Russian cities to prevent both the growing crime rate and the surge of xenophobia.

We welcome the people who arrive to our country. But we should not allow ethnic enclaves, especially in large cities, where tensions are mounting,” Medvedev told the 15th congress of the United Russia party, which he officially heads.

Medvedev added that the existence of such enclaves leads to isolation of the immigrants and at the same time leads to a growth in crime rate and xenophobia among citizens.

Russia is currently in second place in the world by the number of immigrants. A recent UN report reads that 11 million foreigners currently live in Russia. The United States ranks first with 45 million, while Germany is third with just under 10 million. The PM recalled these estimates in his speech and called the numbers “conservative”.

According to the Federal Migration Service the number of officially registered immigrants in Russia is about 3 million people.

In September this year the plenipotentiary for businessmen’s rights, Boris Titov, suggested a major amnesty for illegal immigrants, claiming that such move would constitute the already existing situation and that everyone would profit from it.

However, the head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovsky, opposed the idea, saying that people who “roam Russian streets without any understandable reasons” must not be allowed to stay in the country. He also promised to continue fighting against unwanted immigrants and promoted the idea that all violators of migration laws should be denied future entry to Russia.

Comments (18)

 

Matthew Mccorry 28.01.2014 06:14

"Dark people, what dark people!? im just a normal guy running the country" it's not quite Hollywood but it works. how about building a wall around them- like in Isreal? it could be a lab for understanding people better before working out how communism 2.0 is going to work. what "you" have now is a raw capitalist joke. Capitalism without regulation is equally useless.

 

Dahszil Dahszil 19.10.2013 12:50

In most countries on this earth their are ethnic neighborhoods and enclaves. Why blame the immigrants for the neo-fascist back lash by some Russian xenophobes.

 

Steve Perreira 15.10.2013 12:45

I agree with Mr. Medvedev, isolated immigrants who don't assimilate are spawning grounds for future troublemakers. Instead of embracing their new country, they see it as an oppressor while reminiscing about a make believe fairy land from whence they came. They should become good citizens or go home.

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