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Over 65,000 Ukrainians take on Russian citizenship in 2015

October 27, 2016, 14:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Over 440,000 people from Ukraine have applied for asylum

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Refugees from Ukraine constitute one-third of the foreign nationals who had obtained Russian citizenship in 2015, Deputy Head of the General Directorate for Migration of Russia’s Interior Ministry Valentina Kazakova said.

"In 2015, 200,000 persons obtained (Russian) citizenship, including 65,000 former Ukrainian nationals. So any allegations on their unwillingness to stay in Russia are groundless - the numbers speak for themselves," she noted.

According to Kazakova, more than one million people from south-eastern Ukraine have moved to Russian and obtained various statuses. "Over 440,000 people have applied for asylum. Taking into consideration the fact that they have partly integrated locally and obtained Russian citizenship, there are more than 270,000 registered refugees at the moment," Kazakova elaborated.

According to the Interior Ministry’s data, at present, 47 temporary accommodation centers are operating in 25 Russian regions with 558 people living in the centers. "Only people with disabilities, families with many children and people who are unable to provide for themselves are being sent to the temporary accommodation centers now," Kazakova stated.

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