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RF human right council makes recommendations on migration policy

March 22, 2012, 13:19 UTC+3
The council noted that the granting of asylum is seriously complicated in Russia
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MOSCOW, March 22 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Presidential Council of Civil Society and Human Rights has developed recommendations to improve the migration policy. The document guarantees the rights of people, who are seeking asylum in Russia, refugees and stateless people.

The council noted that the granting of asylum is seriously complicated in Russia. The recommendations noted that the state authorities should ensure social rights of people, who are seeking asylum in Russia for the whole period of determining their status, including an appeal to the denial for asylum in the court, and should provide an opportunity for the free leaving of Russia for people, who were granted asylum in other countries.

The council also offers “to restore the simplified procedure to get Russian citizenship for foreigners and stateless people, who had the citizenship of the Soviet Union or their direct descendants, who live permanently in Russia for five years.”

Meanwhile, the council called for the determination of the legal status of AIDS-infected stateless people and people having an unexpunged conviction for grave and heinous crimes. “The unsettled status of these people results in new offences they committed,” a member of the council Svetlana Gannushkina said. “Former Soviet citizens, who belong to these categories of people, cannot be deported from Russia, because there is no country any longer that is committed to put them under patronage,” the council said in the recommendations.

The participants in the meeting of the council shared views with head of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky. In particular, the problem of the flats, where hundreds of foreign citizens are illegally registered, was discussed. The council believes that instead of the punishment for the owners of the flats, which provide false registration, the procedure to legalize a foreign citizen in Russia should be simplified. “The officials process the registration of foreigners even without the notification of the housing owners,” Gannushkina said. Meanwhile, Romodanovsky noted that he expects concrete proposals, which are seeking to settle the problem of false registration, and is ready for cooperation with the council.

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