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More Ukrainians apply for Russia’s citizenship - RF migration service director

June 10, 2014, 0:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ukrainians who expressed their wiliness to take part in the compatriots’ resettlement program have tripled in number, and the numbers of Ukrainians asking for Russian citizenship have done likewise
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Refugees fleeing besieged Sloviansk

Refugees fleeing besieged Sloviansk

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MOSCOW, June 09, 22:39 /ITAR-TASS/. Over 5,000 Ukrainians who have entered Russia since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis have filed their application letters with the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) asking for Russia’s citizenship or permanent residence permit, FMS Director Konstantin Romodanovsky said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 television.

“During the Ukraine’s developments, over 5,000 Ukrainians arrived in Russia and applied to its migration agencies, I’d like to underline this - those who applied to the migration agencies,” Romodanovsky said. “Along with this, while working in other directions, we can notice the [growing] inflow and feel the concerns of Ukrainian nationals.”

Ukrainians who expressed their wiliness to take part in the compatriots’ resettlement program have tripled in number, and the numbers of Ukrainians asking for Russian citizenship have done likewise.

“Individuals applying for temporary residence permits have surged five-fold, and those applying for the permanent residence permit have increased in number, too,” he said. “If we speak about temporary labour migration, many more Ukrainians are trying to obtain the documents that would prolong their sojourn from three months up to twelve.

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