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MOSCOW, March 19 (Itar-Tass) — Over 31,000 compatriots moved to Russia last year, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Speaking at a meeting with members of the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots on Monday, Lavrov said the ministry “is doing its best to involve Russian regions in the work with compatriots.”
The minister recalled that the Council of Russian Regions Heads had been set up. Within the Council a working group led by Kursk region governor Alexander Mikhailov has been created. “The group prepared recommendations on more effective support for compatriots, including on realising the state programme for contributing to free movement of compatriots to Russia,” Lavrov stressed.
“Over 31,000 people moved to Russia last year. If we include families of those who move to Russia, this figure will increase considerably,” he said.
“The programme should be improved and open new channels, which would allow volunteers to come back to the historical homeland. This should be done as soon as possible,” Lavrov pointed out.