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MOSCOW, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. The residents of Ukraine might form “a skill pool” on the territories of the Far East which have a priority development status, Minister for development of the Far East Alexander Galushka told journalists on Monday.
"For the time being, the GDP in Ukraine had not yet reached the Soviet-era level," the minister said. The ministry proceeds from long-term and stable tendencies as regards Ukraine, rather than from the present-day tense local developments, the minister said.
The obvious advantage of attracting the Ukrainian citizens in comparison with citizens of other countries is that the Far East will be a territory populated by the people with "no language, intellectual or cultural barriers," the minister said.
Around 143,000 people had applied for asylum in Russia over the past two weeks in February, according to the data of the Russian Federal Migration Service. The migration activity is the highest in border areas in the Belgorod, Rostov, Bryansk and Krasnodar regions. In February 2014, the migration volumes from Ukraine to the Rostov region and the Kursk region rose by 53% and 71%, respectively.