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Russia not to expel migrants after Chisinau signs association deal — ambassador

June 11, 2014, 16:57 UTC+3 CHISINAU
Hundreds of thousands of labour migrants from Moldova currently stay in Russia
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CHISINAU, June 11./ITAR-TASS/. Russia is not planning mass deportation of Moldovan labour migrants after Moldova signs on June 27 an association agreement with the European Union, Russian Ambassador to Moldova Farit Mukhametshin told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

“No mass expulsion of Moldovan nationals from Russia is planned, and media reports about this are not true,” the ambassador said.

Hundreds of thousands of labour migrants from Moldova currently stay in Russia. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin visited Chisinau last week to discuss a package of three agreements that concern labour migration, illegal migration and readmission. According to Karasin, the first two documents are ready for the signing and as for the third document - the sides discuss issues concerning Russian nationals living in Moldova’s breakaway Transdniestria.

Tamara Roshchina, representative of the Russian Federal Migration Service in Moldova, said that new rules of entry and stay in Russia came into effect last year. Now, foreign nationals may stay in Russia only 90 days within half-a-year, as it is a rule in the European Union countries. If they want to get a job, they must get permission. These new rules put at risk about 265,000 Moldovan nationals violating migration legislation. From the start of 2013, 37,000 violators have been denied a new entry into Russia.

“Not a single Moldovan national has been deported this year,” Roshchina noted.

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