Sverdlovsk Region: Migrant traffic drops 20%

19 October 2015 (09:27)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, October 19, 2015. 119,000 foreign citizens have arrived in Sverdlovsk Region since the start of the year, which is 20% less than a year earlier, Head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service Sverdlovsk Region division Vassiliy Pribavkin said at a press conference.

He said the decline was most noticeable in early 2015 and was mainly brought about by economic factors and changes in the migration legislature.

‘On average, citizens of CIS member states make up 85% to 87% of the overall number of foreigners arriving in the area. Most of them (45% to 53%) come from Tajikistan, with some 70,000 people coming this year so far,’ Pribavkin said.

237,000 foreign subjects have registered with the migration services this year so far, which is 11.6% less than a year earlier. There are currently 150,000 foreigners in Sverdlovsk Region all in all.

Additionally, 7,700 locals and their relatives re-entered Sverdlovsk Region within the framework of the Compatriot Relocation Program.

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