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Draft law forbidding delinquent migrants to enter Russia submitted to Duma

July 19, 2012, 4:42 UTC+3

Currently such offenders are forbidden to enter Russia for 5 years

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MOSCOW, July 19 (Itar-Tass) —— A draft law forbidding delinquent migrants to enter Russia for 10 years has been submitted to the State Duma.

A foreigner or a stateless person will not be allowed to enter Russia for 10 years if he has “repeatedly faced administrative penalties for violation of migration legislation,” the head of the Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, Irina Yarovaya of United Russia, the author of the draft law, said.

Currently such offenders are forbidden to enter Russia for 5 years. The new rule will apply to persons who have been sentenced for violation of the rules of entering Russia and staying in Russia or have been illegally employed in the country.

The draft law also contains measures aimed at eliminating the practice of illegal registration of a large number of migrants in one flat.

According to Yarovaya, the Federal Migration Service registers more than 6,000 such flats where 100 to 200 or more migrants are registered. “Such registration allows foreigners to apply for an extension of the residence permit, simplifies their employment and allows them to avoid penalties for violating migration rules,” she said.

The document proposes measures aimed at eliminating such practice. In particular, it says that a foreigner may be registered in a flat only if the number of persons registered there does not exceed the limit determined in the Housing Code. “This is an objective indicator aimed at preventing violations of sanitary and epidemiologic requirements and legitimate interests of Russian citizens,” the MP said.

She suggested making appropriate changes to the Law “On Migration Registration of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons”.

The proposed amendments “do not limit the owner’s right to own and use his property and is consistent with the position of the Constitutional Court” on this matter, she added.

The draft law will require “the bodies that carry out state registration of rights to immovable property to send information about transactions with immovable property carried out by foreign citizens and stateless persons to the Federal Migration Service in order to promptly detect possible offences and abuses”.

“Every year, 3-5 million foreigners work in Russia without official work permits,” Yarovaya said. “Employers, who illegally hire foreigners or stateless persons, not only provoke illegal migration but also grossly violate the rights of these persons, subject them to discrimination and create lasting prerequisites for unfair competition, unlawful behaviour and violation of Russian people’s labour rights,” the MP said.

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