'Single-window' principle to ensure transparency in migration: experts
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 5 / Trend , K.Zarbaliyeva/
Azerbaijani migration experts welcomed a recent presidential decree to introduce the "single-window" principle in migration. Experts believe the single-window principle will protect the rights of citizens.
"Earlier work permits were granted by the Labor and Social Protection Ministry. Corruption occurred. The new system will help ensure transparency and combat corruption," Center for Migrant Law Assistance head Alovsat Aliyev told Trend .
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev issued a decree to introduce the single-window principle in migration processes from July 1, 2009.
According to the decree, the State Migration Service will now be the single governmental body managing migration via the single-window principle.
According to the NGOs, over 100,000 migrants from 70 countries live in Azerbaijan.
Over 54,000 migrants have been registered with the Interior Ministry. The majority of the migrants are from Georgia, Central Asia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China and Nigeria.
Aliyev said the service will receive documents to grant temporary and permanent residence to foreigners and individuals without citizenship in Azerbaijan.
Aliyev said the decree allows governmental bodies to control each other in the migration issue.
The expert said granting authority to the service to consider petitions for temporary residence will eliminate bureaucracy
Migration Resource Center head Azer Allahverdiyev told Trend that the decree aims to simplify migration procedures and eliminate bureaucracy.
"Migration information will be accumulated and studied in a single system and relevant decisions will be adopted. It will contribute to efficiency in migration," Allahverdiyev said.
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