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Russia Curiosity: Plans on Decreasing Quota of Foreign Labor in 2010

By Kasia Pinska
January 5, 2010

russia-plans-on-decreasing-quota-of-foreign-labor-in-2010Russian authorities are still in process of deciding on quota 2010 of foreign labor that will be considered for work permits in the Russian Federation.

Authorities want to decrease the number of migrants and therefore are planning on reducing quota by 50 percent even. Based on the news published by Week Journal, the decrease may impact mainly foreign labor taking up lower paid job positions, most likely coming from post Soviet states.

Unfortunately as of now the details of approved quota are not known. Move One Relocations is monitoring the changes and will post the news as soon as they become available.

Below you can find the rough translation of the original Russian article by Week Journal.

Putin ‘with regret’ cut migrants

The Government of Russia should consider lowering the quota for foreign labor force in Russia in 2010, announced on Thursday the Prime Minister Putin a meeting with the head of FNPR Mikhail Shmakov.

‘We must once again look closely at the range to attract foreign labor force in 2010. I think that we must continue to cut it, unfortunately. Let’s look at the optimal parameters’, – quotes Putin, RIA Novosti.

In turn, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia offers to halve the quota to attract labor migrants in Russia in 2010. ‘We need to revisit the issue of quotas of migrants, has recently taken an appropriate decision on granting quota of 2 million people. We believe that it may be somehow reduced by half, and freeze the second part‘ – Said Shmakov.

READ: guest workers will rob Moscow

Even before meeting with Shmakov, Putin signed a decree on the reduction of 700 000 people quota for foreign labor force in Russia in the 2010 quota is reduced from 2 million to 1.3 million people.

Earlier, Moscow authorities have decided to appeal to the country’s leadership with a request to more effectively regulate the number of migrants in the capital. Told Mayor Yuri Luzhkov at a meeting of city government. ‘We plan to apply to the leadership of the country that it has introduced other regulatory mechanisms for the presence of migrants in Moscow. We are reducing the quota, but the migrants remain’ – RIA Novosti quoted Luzhkov.

In his words, migrants who do not want to leave the capital, breaking the law: ‘200 thousand people in our workplace – our quota, and the rest remain in the city, engaged in robbery, theft, crime increases.’ Moscow in 2009, used only about 220 thousand foreign workers out of some 260 thousand permits to employ migrant workers, informed the Head of the Department of Labor and Employment city Oleg Neterebsky. The 2010 quota for Moscow’s newly planned 250 thousand people, but Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has set a target to reduce it to 200 thousand people. Luzhkov has repeatedly noted that a large number of migrants who are not provided with jobs, leads to an increase in crime.

As already reported, according to experts, in the capital live more than a million guest workers. Of these, only one third is working. Others do nothing, interrupting one-time earnings. Employed workers must have a ‘human living conditions and a certain salary,’ according to officials. They also expressed the wish that the workers were taught Russian language and passed the medical examination before the arrival in Moscow.

The International Monetary Fund has warned Russia and Eastern Europe of the future challenges of migrant workers: left without work, these men could provoke a social and inter-ethnic tensions and ‘leave in the crime.’ How many migrants found on the street because of the crisis? How many have left? Where to live with a laid-off construction projects? Nobody knows. We tried at least roughly assess the extent of future problems.

United front

Moscow also reduced the quota for guest workers. The quota for foreign workers in Moscow in 2010 will be reduced to 85,6 thousand people, compared with 116 thousand in the present year, said deputy chairman of the Government of Moscow region Sergei Koshman. According to him, transmit RAI News, a reduction in the quota for foreign residents of Moscow Region will provide an opportunity to take these jobs. However, not all rush to take these jobs from our citizens, Moscow region, who are registered with the employment service’, noted deputy.

In turn, the Public Chamber of the Moscow region recommended that heads of municipalities do not take a job as drivers of public transport aliens, who often do not have the necessary qualifications. But chairman Mosobldumy Valery Aksakov stressed that the governor of Moscow region and the Regional Duma may not be following the example of Moscow, to prohibit the use of foreign drivers on the bus or minibus. According to him, such decisions are within 131 of the law (on local government) can only be taken by municipalities.

Itar-Tass, at the same time, the meeting expressed concern over the fact that as a result of the ban of the authorities of the capital to use aliens as drivers they would be accommodated in the Moscow route.

Interesting that the ‘dense’ public figures Podmoskov’ya act quite contrary to the general federal Public Chamber, where dwelt more politically correct figures. For example, after the closure of Cherkizovsky market in the Public Chamber of Russia even appealed to the migration service request as an exception to temporarily legalize ‘cherkizontsev. Konstantin Romodanovsky requested as an exception to give them a temporary registration. ‘A group of young people without registration, work and livelihood – an aggressive and dangerous weight – said a member of the Public Chamber Nikolai Svanidze. – In his speech, we asked the FMS as an exception to give illegal immigrants a temporary registration for a stay in Russia . In the FMS, as expected, pretended not to hear community members.

Recall that in early December, the head of the Department of Transport and Communications of the capital Basil Kichedzhi announced that commercial carriers with Moscow on Jan. 1, 2010 will no longer be able to recruit drivers migrants. True, ‘Mosgortrans’ such a right would remain, although the quota for these drivers will be reduced from 12 thousand to 7 thousand people. Kichedzhi acknowledged that at present about 70 percent of drivers on city routes – migrants.

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