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Ukrainians seeking asylum in Russia likely to join compatriots’ resettlement program

June 25, 2014, 8:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
If a draft decree proposed by the Federal Migration Service is approved, around 8,500 Ukrainians asking for temporary asylum will be included in the state program
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MOSCOW, June 25. /ITAR-TASS/. A draft decree stipulating the right of Ukrainians seeking a temporary asylum in Russia to participate in a state program on resettlement of compatriots from abroad has been submitted to the government, the chief of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) citizenship department, Valentina Kazakova, said at an FMS public council meeting on Tuesday.

The draft will allow 8,500 Ukrainians asking for asylum in Russia to obtain the Russian citizenship within a three-month period.

“At present, the refugees can take part in the resettlement program, but the FMS has initiated amendments regarding the status of a temporary asylum,” Kazakova said, adding that the draft had been discussed with public organizations and coordinated with the corresponding agencies.

“If it becomes valid, then these 8,500 people applying for temporary asylum will be included in the state program and will accordingly become citizens of the Russian Federation in three months if they wish,” she said.

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