Co-operation of Azerbaijani and Russian State Bodies Assists in Legalizing Azerbaijani Labour Activities in Russia
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend I.Khalilova / In August-September 2007 the Federal Migration Service of Russia will complete the creation of the database on immigrants. The Head of the Employment Policy Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Azerbaijan, Vagab Mammadov, said on 13 April that this system will provide an opportunity to exchange information on immigration flow. "Presently Russia, as well as Azerbaijan does not have exact information on immigrants. The potential of the Azerbaijanis allows not only applying an immigration service account, but also protecting the Azerbaijanis residing in Russia," Mammadov said.
An operative plan on interaction has been signed to regulate the process of labor immigration between Azerbaijan and Russia. According to Mammadov, such a document is the first one in the post-Soviet countries. As a result of the operative measures taken by the Labour Ministry of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Health and Social Development, Federal Migration Service of Russia, the mass expulsion of Azerbaijanis from Russia was prevented. "Contrary to the predictions, a minimal number of the Azerbaijanis were expelled from Russia, but the Ministry has not the exact information. Azerbaijan will possess information on immigrants after the full creation of the information system in Russia," Mr. Mammadov stressed. In addition, the Labour Ministry of Azerbaijan has prepared memory books for the Azerbaijani immigrants so that they do not face such problems in the future and possess full information. According to the new immigration law of Russia, the immigration card for entry to Russia should describe the goal of the travel. If the card does not describe that the goal of the visit is work-establishment, those people will have problems with labour establishment and no legal issues will help them. As regards to the quotas for the labour market of Russia in 2007, it equals 6mln people for the countries with a visa-less regime and 302,000 people for countries with a visa regime.