Top Russia official: Country will further fight against illegal labor immigration
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 29 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The Russian Federal Migration Service intends to continue the fight against illegal labor migration by "punishing employers and employees," Service Director Konstantin Romodanovsky said.
"Realizing the complexity of the mechanism, we are thinking about how to improve it and are going for some simplification," Romodanovsky told journalists in Baku. "I do not see problems in connection with the CIS citizens legally residing in Russia - their number is no more than two percent. But, the number of people working illegally is much more - about four million people."
He said Russia has moved away from registration and introduced a migration control procedure which starts from the moment of the border is crossed and has applied the notification mechanism in migration registration.
"We are creating and will continue to create tools so that people can work in Russia on a legal basis and we should go this way," Romodanovsky said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev approved on May 20 an amendment that establishes more favorable conditions for attracting highly skilled foreign professionals to work in Russia, the Kremlin press service earlier reported.
Less than 3,000 Azerbaijani citizens have acquired job patents during the period of the adoption of the new amendments to the Russian law on labor migration for nationals of countries with which Russia has a visa-free regime, he said.
Romadanovsky is attending the meeting of the Heads of CIS Migration Bodies meeting held in Baku today.
During his visit to Baku, Romadanovsky intends to discuss migration issues with the Azerbaijani government.