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Dmitry Medvedev supports introduction of compulsory Russian language, culture exams for migrants

January 22, 2013, 13:56 UTC+3
"This is normal, there is no discrimination in this issue, this practice exists in most countries of the world,” he noted
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GORKI, January 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev supports the introduction of compulsory exams for the knowledge of the Russian language and culture for the migrants. The Russian premier has made a statement to this effect at a meeting with representatives of the parliamentary factions on Tuesday.

“The deputies moved in a bill, which envisages the need to confirm the proper knowledge of Russian language, Russian history and our legislation. This is normal, there is no discrimination in this issue, this practice exists in most countries of the world,” he noted.

“I believe that this is right and this should be supported,” the Russian premier said with confidence.

“We and you realize perfectly who is arriving to our country. This is mainly unqualified workers, who frequently can hardly speak Russian, have the bad knowledge of our culture, customs, and the conflicts arise over this factor, and the crimes are committed,” Medvedev stated.

The migration policy should not be detrimental to Russian citizens, the prime minister noted. “We should provide the economy with modern manpower, create a civilized labour market, attract qualified specialists, including foreign specialists in the jobs needed in our country, but not to the detriment of Russian citizens,” the premier remarked.

Meanwhile, Medvedev finds it necessary to continue a policy for the voluntary resettlement of Russian compatriots in Russia. “The appropriate governmental bill, which is aimed at an easier procedure to acquire citizenship by our compatriots, was already submitted in the State Duma,” Medvedev underlined.

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