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Russian regions expand compatriot resettlement programs due to Ukraine refugee inflow

August 20, 2014, 10:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the amendments, nearly 11,200 compatriots from Ukraine will be able to resettle to 37 subjects of the Russian Federation this year
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MOSCOW, August 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved amendments to the regional programs for voluntary resettlement of compatriots residing abroad, the Cabinet website reported on Wednesday.

The amendments are needed in connection with the increased number of the program participants due to the Ukraine’s displaced persons, temporarily accommodated in Russia.

According to the amendments, nearly 11,200 compatriots from Ukraine will be able to resettle to 37 subjects of the Russian Federation this year. The largest number of re-settlers is to be received by the Tula region (1,750 people), Kaluga and Orenburg regions (1,000 people each).

The government website also says Medvedev signed a resolution on approval of Stavropol Region’s state program of assistance to compatriots for 2014-2016, which will “boost the region’s labor potential, create conditions for  receiving of compatriots arriving from Ukraine.”

In particular, the program provides for social support, housing, employment for compatriots and their family members, socio-cultural adaptation of re-settlers, information support of the resettlement process.

According to Russia’s Regional Development Ministry, 5,848 Ukrainian citizens have applied for participation in the state program of assistance to voluntary compatriots’ resettlement since the beginning of the year. According to the Federal Migration Service (FMS), more than 730,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Russia from Ukraine since the start of the armed conflict in Ukraine’s south-east.

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