Sverdlovsk Region: Number of Foreign Nationals Down 19%

8 April 2020 (09:14)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, April 8, 2020. The number of foreign nationals entering Sverdlovsk Region in the first quarter of the year dropped by 19% against the first quarter of 2019, Head of Migration Department at the Internal Affairs Ministry’s Sverdlovsk Region division Olga Petrova said at a press conference on April 7, 2020.

According to Petrova, some 37,500 foreign nationals have entered the constituency since the start of the year. Most of them arrived from the CIS and Eurasian Economic Union member states; the majority of migrants are nationals of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

Petrova also said the number of people coming to Sverdlovsk Region with a visa dropped by 50% in the given period, down to 4,400 people; most of these were Chinese nationals. The official explained the decline in the number of foreign visitors by the COVID-19 pandemic and the closed international borders.

52.4% of arriving foreign nationals have a work permit.

‘The foreign nationals who had some sort of employment in the area keep working as before. To the best of my knowledge, our construction sites are still open and busy. The foreign nationals who are employed in the sectors of industry that the Governor’s order did not prohibit from operating for the time being go on working,’ Petrova said.

According to Petrova, the foreigners who cannot go back home after their visa/period of stay in Russia expires can register with the immigration authorities and get a 90-day-stay permit.

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